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Draft Deer Management Plan

Conservation Innovation Award

Award Recipients

Bryan Swift - Senior Biologist at DEC's Central Office in Albany
Chuck Dente - Biologist at DEC's Central Office in Albany
Jeremy Hurst - Biologist at DEC's Central Office in Albany
Ed Kautz - Biologist/Statistician at DEC's Central Office in Albany
Michael Clark - Biologist at DEC's Region 1 Office in East Setauket
Kevin Clarke- Biologist at DEC's Region 3 Office in New Paltz
Larry Bifaro - Biologist at DEC's Region 4 Office in Stamford
Jeff Peil - Retired Biologist from DEC's Region 4 Office in Schenectady
Ed Reed - Biologist at DEC's Region 5 Office in Raybrook
Jim Farquhar - Biologist at DEC's Region 6 Office in Watertown
Dave Riehlman - Retired Biologist from DEC's Region 7 Office
Art Kirsch - Senior Biologist at DEC's Region 8 Office in Avon
Tim Spierto -Senior Biologist at DEC's Region 9 Office in Allegany

Summary of Accomplishment

The 13 members of the Bureau of Wildlife's Big Game Team (listed above) represent DEC's regional and central office staff that guide deer management in New York. On June 13, 2011, the team released the draft Deer Management Plan for public review, which establishes a strategic framework that will guide deer management for the next five years. This plan is noteworthy as it fostered the opinions and attitudes of hunters and other stakeholders through a series of 20 statewide meetings that drew over 1,000 participants. It then incorporated a public attitudes survey of 5,000 hunters before the drafting of the plan began. The plan also includes biodiversity and forest regeneration concerns into deer management goals and practices, making this a very contemporary and progressive management plan.

With nearly one million deer in New York; about 500,000 hunters; and the known ecological, economic, and social implications of deer management, this plan is vital and will serve as a strategic blueprint for ensuring that the Division's programs are timely, relevant, and smart.

More details about the management plan can be viewed on New York's Deer Management Program webpage.

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