A new citizen science tool will track forest health in New York by monitoring deer populations. Photo via Creative Commons.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation wants landowners to help monitor the impact of deer on forest health. 

A new tool developed by the DEC, Cornell University, and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry allows volunteers, foresters, and landowners to assess the effects of deer browse on New York forests.

The information generated will provide a good indicator of whether the number of deer is in balance with the habitat.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering training classes across the state.

Source: NCPR