Deer Exclosure Demo Site
We will install 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. Regenerating a demonstration area is a valuable exercise in proof-of-concept.
The area we have outlined is 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.
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.