BEAKED HAZELNUT - A KEY BROWSE SPECIES FOR MOOSE IN THE BOREAL REGION OF WESTERN CANADA?
Baked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta) is described as a key winter browse species for moose in the Boreal Forest region of western Canada. A review of the literature illustrates the importance of this shrub in moose diets at several North American locations and its contribution as a quality food item. The ability of hazelnut to withstand heavy browsing and to out-compete tree species following opening of the forest canopy are characteristics that should be exploited when planning moose habitat improvement programs in areas where this shrub is found.
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