Forest Regeneration Myth
By John Eveland
years PGC had used three goals toward justifying their unprecedented
deer reduction program and near collapse of the herd in some
northern and eastern tier regions -- their claimed need to
permanently reduce deer in order to improve deer health, forest
health, and biodiversity (primarily populations of nongame
mammals, songbirds, and wildflowers). However, after-the-fact
studies by the agency, itself, by DCNR, by Penn State, and
by independent scientific analyses have indicated that all
three of these goals were scientific fallacies: neither deer,
the forest, nor biodiversity had been in poor health, and,
in fact, had been in excellent health throughout the state
prior to initiating the herd reduction program.
Therefore, in a
desperate attempt to now continue their assault on does and
fawns and to prevent reasonable and scientific resolution,
PGC is clinging to a single simple premise -- that if deer
are fenced out of an area of forest, that there will be more
seedlings growing inside than outside. I would have to agree
with PGC's elementary premise, because to no one's surprise,
deer actually do eat plants. That's what they do!
However, deer also
provide great benefits to the commonwealth: for recreational
hunting for what used to be over a million sportsmen (which
is PGC's legislated mission as directed by Title 34 state
law), for a multi-billion-dollar tourism and outdoor industry,
for aesthetics and recreational enjoyment by families and
the outdoor-loving public, and for helping to keep the natural
ecosystem healthy and in balance -- to name but a few benefits.
White-tailed deer is the Pennsylvania State Mammal and the
flagship of Pennsylvania hunting and outdoors. And, yes, deer
do eat plants; but so what?! Every living animal eats and
defecates -- that's what we all do -- however this simple
biological fact should not have been used by the Game Commission
to nearly eliminate deer in some areas, and should not be
excused by government decision-makers whose job should be
to oversee the agency and to prevent such irresponsible and
outrageous acts by a few forestry and environmental ideologues."
on this subjest
PGC/DCNR Bullshit Lies!!
picture was taken in either Southern Elk Conuty or Northern
Arden Road showing a deer fenced area area. Looking
at the area I seen no difference
or outside the fence. What
a waste of our taxpayer money by PGC and DCNR.