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  • Road Closure: Sherrill Drive, NW September 8 thru 19 for DC Water Sewer Line Work

    Sherrill Dirve from 16th Street to Beach Drive, NW will be closed to vehicle and bicycle traffic on weekdays between September 8 through 19 between the hours of 9:30 am to 2:45 pm for construction work on a nearby sewer line. More »

  • Evening Lane and Road Closures, Beach Drive

    DC Water crews will be performing sewer inspections on Beach Drive NW from 9:00 pm to 5:30 am through November 28, 2014. This work will require lane and road closures. More »

  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Summer 2014

    Construction work on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Waterside Drive continues. There will be lane closures between rush hours to accommodate work on the roadway, multi-use trail and infrastructure. More »

National Park Service Completes Winter-Spring 2014 Deer Management in Rock Creek Park

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Date: April 1, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Karcher, 202-895-6222

Washington, D.C. – The National Park Service (NPS) has concluded deer management operations in Rock Creek Park for the 2014 season. Between January 2 and March 31, 2014, 106 deer were removed, safely and without incident, from the park. National Park Service resource management specialists, in coordination with United States Park Police and local law enforcement, worked closely with highly trained marksmen and biologists from the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure public safety, which was the operation's highest priority. The NPS will donate all suitable venison to a Washington, D.C. food bank.

As called for in its White-tailed Deer Management Plan, the park will continue to monitor vegetation plots and deer population. Over the last 20 years, the park's white-tailed deer population has grown so large that the deer are eating nearly all tree seedlings, preventing regrowth of the forest. The plan calls for reducing the deer population from more than 70 per square mile to 15-20 per square mile. This reduction will help ensure the long-term protection, preservation, and restoration of the forest and other native vegetation. To support this goal, deer management operations will resume in late fall or winter of 2014/2015.

For more information on the deer management in Rock Creek Park visit http://www.nps.gov/rocr/parkmgmt/white-tailed-deer-management.htm

For a pdf of this document, please click here.

 

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Did You Know?

Great Horned Owl

Three kinds of owls make their homes in Rock Creek Park, the Great Horned Owl, the Barred Owl and the little Screech Owl.