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Certainly herbicide application to the stump or emerging sprouts can be effective. So if you measure “success” as dead stumps, then chemical treatment is a viable option. However, providing a suitable forage crop for deer may be desirable since I would think the shade provided from the remaining trees would constrain the stump growth. If the harvesting takes place this winter, you could delay any stump treatment until the following year to evaluate % sprouting, impacts of herbivory and it provides an opportunity to “replace” trees if the cutting is too heavy. A relevant study was conducted on sprouting in Shasta and Tehama Counties. The study has models of sprouting probability. Areas that had been treated to keep stumps from resprouting were tested, and a significant number still did sprout.