Monday, March 12, 2007

PENNSYLVANIA NEWS: Deer Carrying Capacity Workshop

Penn State Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry will present a Deer Density and Carrying Capacity workshop on March 24 at the Governor Dick Park Environmental Education Center in Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County.

The workshop, designed for anyone interested in learning more about white-tailed deer biology and management as it relates to the carrying capacity of the habitat, is a hands-on, in-the-field experience that will get participants in the woods collecting deer- population and habitat data.

"Participants will learn how to calculate the deer density in a given forest setting; how to evaluate the condition of deer habitat; and how the condition of the habitat relates to deer biology, deer numbers and deer carrying capacity," says Dave Jackson, a forest specialist with Penn State Cooperative Extension. "This is an opportunity to talk to wildlife biologists and foresters who have experience in implementing various forest and wildlife habitat management strategies."

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes refreshments, lunch and handout materials. The Governor Dick Park is located in Mt. Gretna.

Pre-registration for this workshop is required prior to Monday, March 19. Space is limited, so please register early. To register, or for more information, contact the cooperative extension office in Centre County at (814) 355-4897 or by e-mail at

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