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Next Meeting: Monday, December 3, 2018; 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room. The January meeting will be on the 7th. All are welcome to attend. Meetings are on the 1st Monday of each month.

The Woods Committee sponsored an Informational Meeting for Town residents on November 13. The meeting was recorded and has been posted Woods Committee Informational Meeting (11.13.18) – Video.

Invited Speakers were experts from the Montgomery County Department of Deer Management and from the University of Maryland Forestry Extension who described the threat of deer over browsing as the driving force in damage to both our East and West Woods forest ecosystems and facilitating introduction of non-native invasive plants. A survey by Town resident attendees showed overwhelming support for the Woods Committee’s three-pronged integrated approach: deer management, non-native invasive plant control, and reforestation.

To solicit additional feedback, we are asking for more Town residents to view the recorded meeting and then complete the same feedback questionaire included as an insert in this Town Bulletin. This is voluntary and anonymous. Please drop the completed survey in the designated sealed box in the Town Office or anonymously mail to Joan Mahaffey at her General Delivery address. Responses are appreciated by December 9th. The Woods Committee will post the tallied results in the next Bulletin.

In cooperation with the Mayor and the Town Council, the Woods Committee will continue implementing programs to restore the health of the East and West Woods. We are also working with the Dog Park Committee to assure minimum environmental damage in the construction of the Washington Grove Dog Park in the West Woods adjacent to the parking area.

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