Serve the Preserve Community Service Day
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Volunteers will help install 1-2 deer exclosures around restoration areas to help WVWA test the effectiveness of deer protection methods, which provide native species a chance to grow without pressure from browsing deer.
The work will involve clearing the chosen sites of invasive plants and fallen limbs to prep the area, followed by fence installation (including setting posts, attaching netting, and building and incorporating access gates). If time allows, volunteers will also help place logs around fencing perimeters and/or create brush piles around the exclosures as an extra measure of preventing deer from getting in underneath the fence lines.
- 9:00 a.m. until the work is finished – usually by noon
- Helpful to bring: gloves, hammers, scissors for cutting netting (WVWA will also have this equipment on hand)
- WVWA staff members are available for any necessary instruction
- Coffee, snacks, and other additional tools are provided
- Meet at Crossways Preserve - Parking and trail entrance on Cathcart Road, between Morris Road and Township Line Road
A little more about the goal of the project:
The first exclosure the group will work on will be approximately 35' X 80' and in a partially sunny, brushy area along the forest edge, beside the edge of a planting site from previous Serve the Preserve events, where native trees and shrubs were installed.
If time allows, a second, smaller exclosure will be planted further in the woods in a shady spot where native species are popping up, but unable to persist due to deer.
Later in November, the larger exclosure will be planted with 60 native trees and shrubs; this will allow us to compare the success and survival of species with individual deer protection - those planted previously outside the exclosure - and those planted within. The smaller exclosure, where no new plants will be installed, will allow us to document what exists in the seed bed and which species recruit successfully in the absence of deer.