Public comment sought through October 29 on new proposed deer management efforts Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational and Paint Branch Stream Valley between Rt. 29 (Columbia Pike) and Fairland Rd, and Red Door Store Historical/Cultural Park
The public is invited to provide input on the proposed expansion of the M-NCPPC Montgomery Park's Dear Management Program for these parks in order to address damage caused by an increasing population of deer, including deer-related automobile accidents, damage to natural resources, and increased potential of communicable diseases such as Lyme disease. The decision to add this park to the deer management operations will be made after review of citizen complaints and input, and with strong support from the community.
The proposed parks, spanning 700 acres are inhabited by an estimated 191 – 241deer, six times the recommended density, and include:
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park and Paint Branch Stream Valley Parks (between Rt. 29 (Columbia Pike) and Fairland Rd. including: Paint Branch Stream Valley Units 6&5 and adjacent Paint Branch and Tamarack Neighborhood Parks, Pilgrim Hill Local Park and Valley Mill Special Park) - locator map
Located in eastern Montgomery County, the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Park and Paint Brach Stream Valley Park (Units 5&6, including the Paint Branch and Tamarack Neighborhood parks and Pilgrim Hills Local and Valley Mill Special Parks, located between Rt.29, Columbia Pike, and Fairland Road) serves as recreation space and riparian stream valley buffer providing a wide variety of active and passive activities. The parkland is surrounded by residential development.
Red Door Store Historical / Cultural Park - locator map
Located in eastern Montgomery County, the Red Door Store Historical/Cultural Park is an agricultural property. The parkland is unscheduled open space, primarily functioning to preserve the historic Red Door Store, and consists of open meadow and forest land. The Department of Parks is seeking to implement deer population management on the property in order to continue regional operations, ongoing since 2003, in the Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park, Unit 7 and Woodlawn Special Park, in which operational effectiveness has been impacted by legislation requiring a three-hundred yard firearms discharge buffer surrounding Maryland schools.
The proposal suggests implementing Park Police-based Sharpshooting of deer in these parks. This program utilizes highly trained and certified Law Enforcement officers to remove deer at night, when the park is closed to the public, during the months of January and February, and annually as required.
During these operations, park closures will be strictly enforced from 6:00 pm until 6:00 am, Monday through Friday, January 10 through February 28.
Public notice of such activities and park closure will be posted throughout the park, on our website, and Park Police patrol will be provided to keep citizens informed. Deer removal will occur at pre-selected sites chosen to ensure public safety and safe weapons discharge. All deer harvested through this effort will be processed and donated to charity for use at local soup kitchens.
We want your feedback
Montgomery Parks encourages public comment on the proposed new initiative.
NOTE: Public comment will be accepted until 5pm on Thursday, October 29, 2014.
A decision regarding the proposal will be made by the Department’s Administration and Staff following review of public comment and associated data. All public comment, including e-mail, must include Full Name and Home Address to be given consideration in the decision making process. You may provide comments in two ways:
- Email: MCPfirstname.lastname@example.org
- U.S. Mail: M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks c/o Deer Management Initiatives
Natural Resource Stewardship Section
12535 Milestone Manor Lane
Germantown, MD 20876
Please indicate in the subject line or body of message which of the two initiatives you are providing input on in your communication.
View Public Comments
A summary chart of all public comments regarding these initiatives (which meet the above noted requirements) is available for review as they are submitted. Personal information such as name or address will not be included in the comments summary.
- MEDIA ADVISORY: Montgomery Parks, September 24th, 2014
- ONLINE ARTICLE: Gazette, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Rockville report says more deer getting hit
- ONLINE ARTICLE: Washington Post, September 29, 2014 - Trying to limit the number of deer, with surprising results
Bill Hamilton, Principal Natural Resource Specialist
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