Tue. May 17th, 2022

From NPS:

“To protect and restore native plants and promote healthy and diverse forests, the National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to reduce the abundance of deer populations in several national parks in DC and Maryland. Using feedback and ideas from the previous period of public engagement, NPS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for National Capital Parks – East, which includes Anacostia Park, Greenbelt Park, Fort Washington Park and other parks. We encourage the public to review the EA and comment on it until November 8, 2021.

The EA assesses the effects of a deer management strategy in support of long-term protection, conservation and restoration of native vegetation and other natural and cultural landscapes in the parks. In forests, deer can significantly reduce forest generation by damaging and eating tree plants and seedlings. Over time, this can degrade forests and the habitats they provide for other animals and plants.

Several national parks in the metropolitan area have approved and implemented deer management plans. Rock Creek Park has seen densities of tree plants nearly triple since the start of deer management. Catoctin Mountain Park has experienced a 13-fold increase in tree plant density.

White-tailed deer management implementation areas are proposed within the following parks:

Maryland: Fort Washington Park, Fort Foote, Piscataway Park, Oxon Cove Park, Harmony Hall, Greenbelt Park, Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Suitland Parkway.

Washington DC: Anacostia Park, Kenilworth Park and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Fort Mahan, Fort Dupont, Fort Davis, Fort Chaplin, Fort Stanton, Fort Ricketts, Fort Greble, Battery Carroll and Shepherd Parkway.

How to comment: Public participation is crucial to the planning process. You are invited to review and comment on EA from October 6 to November 8. To provide comments online or for more information, visit the NPS planning website here.

If you prefer to send your comments by email, make sure they are postmarked by November 8, 2021 to receive remuneration.

Send comments to the following address:

Principal
ATTN: Deer Management EA Comments
National Capital Parks – East
1900 Anacostia Drive, SE
Washington, DC 20020

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