Deer Exclosure Demo Site

Funding for the entire woods restoration project has been promised by state and county legislators. Due to the pandemic, funding has been delayed and is expected to come in stages. When initial funds are in-hand, we plan to create a demonstration site by erecting a length of permanent fencing along the edge of the woods and stringing temporary fencing to create a manageable deer exclosure until further funding arrives. Regenerating a demonstration area is a valuable exercise in proof-of-concept.

The area will be approximately 4.5 acres, from Edgewood Avenue to the Vernal Pond trail and from the Taft St trail entrance to the school district property line. S-gates will allow public access to the site. We will plant a mixture of native understory plants and trees once fencing is erected. Work is underway to remove invasive trees along the fence edge.

Approximate dimensions of proposed demonstration site

Fencing

The forest management plan calls for deer-exclosure fencing to encircle 60 acres of the woods, from the Saw Mill River Parkway to Scheckler's Brook, the stream that runs into Sugar Pond. Fencing will be set-back from the forest edge and consist of 8' woven wire mesh and fence posts.

Numerous entrances will use "S"-gates to allow people and small animals to enter. These have the advantage of no breakable hinges or swinging doors that could accidentally be left open.