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Next Meeting: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Council Room. The December meeting will be held on Monday, December 2nd. Meetings are regularly held on the 1st Monday of each month. All are welcome to attend!

The Woods Committee is sponsoring a Fall Work Day in the East Woods on Saturday morning, November 9th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Interested volunteers should meet at the Maintenance Garage at 10:00 AM with rakes, shovels, and work gloves. Please dress for the weather and wear water-proof work boots. We will be clearing and defining trails, providing deer protection for at risk trees, and removing two of the old exclosures presently along the Cherry Avenue Trail extended into the Woods. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our Woods! Also Student Service Hours can be earned. However, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Woods Committee continues our work on the Town’s three-pronged approach to restore and maintain the health of our forest preserve by non-native invasive plant control, deer management, and reforestation. We continue assessing the effectiveness of our non-native invasive plant control program with Invasive Plant Control (IPC).

We are closely monitoring our current deer management program with the Bow Hunter Fire Fighters of Maryland (BHFFMD). To date, they have harvested a total of seven (7) does and one (1) buck in the East and West Woods. As these first two phases of our work start to see results, the Woods Committee will be developing ideas and plans for reforestation to support a future generation of our “Town Within the Forest”.

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