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Next Meeting: ONLINE Monday, August 3, 2020; 7:30 p.m. as part of the Town’s response to protect ourselves and our community from the COVID-19 pandemic Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY.
NOTE: Our September meeting will be rescheduled because of the Labor Day Holiday.

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The Town Council has approved a managed deer hunt in the East and West Woods with the volunteer Bow Hunter Firefighters of Maryland (BHFFMD) during the Fall/Winter (2020-21) deer hunting season to continue control of the deer population and to reduce deer damage in our Forest Preserve. Thanks for all your support.
On a recent walk with our contractor, IPC, we were all amazed at the re-emergence of many native plants in the East Woods including sedges, white grass, trumpet vine, and tulip poplar saplings as a result of our deer management and non-native plant control efforts in our Forest Stewardship Plan. In August, IPC will apply some targeted herbicide treatments along East Woods trail margins to reduce grassy overgrowth for tick control purposes. We also welcome town volunteers to help with additional mechanical grass trimming (weed-wacking) to keep trails open. Please contact Joan or Patty if you would like to assist us.

We thank our wonderful volunteers (Larry French, Krista Zanetti, David Lutter, Charlie Challstrom) for helping to install protections around the 8 newly planted trees in the East Woods. Special thanks to Steve Werts for his dedication to watering the trees.

Thanks to Joan Mahaffey, Virginia Quesada, Dodger Tippman, Mary Warfield, and Will & Luke Holt for helping to spread wood chips along the East Woods trails. Thanks to Alex Lembesis for grass trimming to re-open the Franklin trail. The Maple Avenue wooden bridge was repaired and the shortcut across the stream now has been blocked to prevent further stream bank erosion and direct people across the actual footbridge trail.

Please see the East and West Woods trail maps included in this bulletin and help us to name the ‘Question Mark ??? trail’ between McCauley and Ridge Road. Please send your suggestions to Joan Mahaffey by August 15th for Woods Committee selection. Thanks to Tom Land for preparing these maps!
We hope you continue to enjoy our East and West Woods forest preserves. Stay healthy and happy!

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