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Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID):
A Hands-On Workshop

with Kristi Sullivan, Cornell University
Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 6pm - 7:30pm

Poestenkill Community Forest

Averill Park, NY 12018

Pre-registration is required - space is limited, so register early.

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About this workshop

Landowners, land managers, hunters, and others interested in conserving forest biodiversity, are increasingly interested in knowing if the number of deer is in balance with the available habitat, and if that balance is changing over time. Biologists have developed an innovative method called AVID as a means for Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.

This 1.5-hr workshop will be an informal walk at Poestenkill Community Forest, where you will learn about woodland ecology and how to recognize and assess deer impacts in the forest. You will also get hands-on experience establishing AVID plots, and leave feeling confident and ready to assess deer impacts on own land or land in your community.

This event is co-hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.


What to expect & what to bring 

This workshop will involve approximately an hour and a half of outdoor instruction, including standing, kneeling, and hands-on practice. There will be walking to and from instruction sites. Trails and instruction sites may be muddy.

Please make sure to dress in weather-appropriate layers, wear sturdy footwear, and bring water and a snack. 



About the outing leader

Kristi Sullivan is co-director of the Conservation Education and Research Program in the Dept. of Natural Resources at Cornell. She works with private forest landowners, land managers, natural resource professionals, and educators to encourage and support practical approaches to conserving wildlife and biodiversity for current and future generations. Kristi also directs the New York Master Naturalist volunteer program. To complement her Extension program, her research focuses on developing practical methods for managing and restoring forest habitats, and determining effective means for sustaining and conserving native wildlife in the face of environmental change.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Kim at

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