Coping with the Deer Population in the Crum Woods: A Second Forum to be held on April 2

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Coping with the Deer Population in the Crum Woods:
A Second Forum to be held on April 25

A forum will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 101 of the Science Center Building to discuss the deer population in the Crum Woods. This will be a follow up to a similar community forum which was held last spring. The well-being of the Crum Woods, its flora and fauna, as well as the health of the surrounding community is being affected by the deer population in the local woods. Other communities that have confronted this issue in recent years include those near Ridley Creek State Park and the Wissahickon Valley Park.

A humane, science-based strategy for coping with the growing problem will be discussed at the forum, one that is aimed at protecting and preserving the great variety of plant and animal life in the woods, maintaining a healthy deer population and minimizing risks to the various communities who depend upon and enjoy the Crum Woods.  The featured speaker at the forum will be Bryon Shissler, president, Natural Resource Consultants, Inc. A recent report drafted by Shissler analyzes the Crum Woods deer population and a wide range of strategies for coping with it. That report can be found on the Crum Woods Web site.

Swarthmore College, Providence Garden Club of Pennsylvania, Scott Arboretum, the Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Association, Swarthmore Garden Club, and the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Committee will also be represented at the meeting.

For further information, please visit the Crum Woods Web site, or contact the Crum Woods Stewardship Committee co-chairs, Mark Wallace, 610-328-7829 or Nick Kaplinsky, 610-328-8039.