For Release: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Deer Task Force Formed for Parts of Albany and Schenectady Counties
A deer management citizen task force has been formed for Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 4B, which includes the town of Niskayuna, part of the town of Rotterdam and the city of Schenectady in Schenectady county, and portions of the Albany County towns of Guilderland, New Scotland, Bethlehem and Coeymans, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.
During the task force process, people representing a wide range of interests concerned with the deer population in a particular area are brought together for a series of meetings. The members of the task force are charged with representing their respective interests and making a specific recommendation to DEC regarding the size of the deer population in WMU 4B. The information the task force gathers from its constituents will serve as the basis for its recommendations to DEC.
Stakeholders are people affected by deer who have a particular concern or interest in the overall deer population in a given WMU. Farmers, hunters, foresters, conservationists, the tourism industry, public safety representatives, landowners and small business owners are all considered potential stakeholders.
Task force members have been asked to seek information from and reflect the needs of other citizens. Task Force members and the stakeholder interest that they represent are listed below. Please feel free to contact the task force member who best represents your particular interest before June 2 to express your views. Specifically, task force members are looking for input regarding the three questions listed below. Only input regarding the size of the deer herd is being sought at this time.
1. Is the size of this year's deer herd in Wildlife Management Unit 4B too high, too low or about right?
2. Should the deer herd in your area increase, decrease or remain stable? If it should change then how much should it change (as a percent of the current total)?
3. What are the benefits and consequences of your recommendation?
Listed below are the task force members. The public is invited to send their opinions regarding the size of the deer herd directly to DEC at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or via U.S. mail to Karl Parker, DEC Region 4, 1130 North Westcott Road Schenectady, NY 12306. Comments must be received by June 2, 2012.
Task Force Members:
• Agricultural Representative: Tim Albright, Indian Ladder Farms
• Sporting Representative: Tim Barnard, Albany County Conservation Alliance
• Law Enforcement: Mark Defrancesco, Albany County Sheriff's Office
• Tourism/Business Representative: Scott Oswald, Schenectady Co. Chamber of Commerce
• Ecologist: Sue Vilord, Clough Harbour Associates
• Private Conservation Land Manager: Jill Knapp, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy >
• Highway Safety Representative: Steven Oliver, Guilderland Highway Department
• Birder: Gary Goodness, Hudson Mohawk Bird Club
• Local government representative: Mark Storti, Schenectady County Economic Development & Planning Department
• Rural Property Owner: Tom George