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Next Meeting: Monday, August 5, 2019; 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room. Meetings are on the 1st Monday of each month. Our September meeting will be rescheduled due to the Labor Day holiday. All are welcome to attend.

The Woods Committee (WC) continues to work towards restoration of the health and biodiversity of the East and West Woods. Town volunteers help to locate and physically remove non-native invasive plants, and IPC, our certified professional contractor, is scheduled for occasional targeted herbicide treatments with advanced notice to Town residents. At the July Town Council meeting we submitted a recommendation for a deer population control plan to begin this Fall-Winter 2019 to address deer over browsing and resulting damage to our forest understory. At our August WC meeting, we will begin developing a plan for native tree planting to commence next spring 2020. We will need volunteers to help with future tree planting, watering, and maintaining deer damage barriers.

For your information: A few weeks ago, a deer with a badly broken front leg was seen in Town. Its condition and injuries worsened over several days, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was contacted to humanely end its suffering. To report an injured deer, please call the Maryland DNR Emergency Dispatch at: 410-260-8888.

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