Thomas J Rawinski is an expert on the impact of white-tailed deer on native vegetation for the U.S. Forest Service. Here are several recent reports by Rawinski:
An overview of the serious consquences of the over-abundance of the species on native wildlife, vegetation, and forest health.
Southold Survey (pdf)
"Many people may have difficulty perceiving what this all means for the forests. After all, people still see and enjoy a multitude of trees in these forests. What they may not perceive is that those forests are doomed unless young trees can be recruited into the canopy, to replace the ones that die or topple over, as they invariably will do."
East Hampton Survey (pdf)
Four locations are surveyed in detail: "It's not what you see; it's what you don't see."
Forest Health Impact (pdf)
Slides from a lecture on Forest Health, heavily illustrated.
Responsible Hunters (pdf)
The NY DEC revised the allowable distance from a building for hunting from 500 feet to 150 feet opening up new oportunities for home owners to take action. One group offering hunting services is Landlease.
By Ted Williams
(From the March 2002 edition of Audubon magazine. Reprinted with permission of the author.) The U.S. whitetail population is out of control. Not only are deer starving by the thousands, they're laying waste to entire ecosystems. There is only one solution.
By James Monaco
(from the July 5, 2001 edition of East Hampton Star. Reprinted with permission of the author.)
More references are linked at the East Hampton Town Deer Management page.