Deer Management 2015-2016
The fourth window of action for deer reduction is December 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. During this fourth year of implementing the plan, the National Park Service intends to reduce the population by about 26 deer. This is consistent with efforts to reduce the population by 50 percent each year, and maintain the population at a level that will allow recovery of vegetation in the park.
Extensive safety measures will be in place to protect park visitors and neighbors during operations. Biologists, who are also highly trained firearms experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be working under the direction of National Park Service resource management specialists and in coordination with the U.S. Park Police and local law enforcement to conduct reduction actions at night when the park is normally closed.
The following road closures in NW D.C. may be in effect from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. when operations are underway: Ross Dr.; Ridge Rd. south of Grand Rd.; Glover Rd. south of the Rock Creek Horse Center; and Horse Stable Rd. The following additional temporary closures between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. may be in effect during operations: Beach Drive from Rock Creek & Potomac Pkwy. to the Maryland boundary; 17th street from the Woodner Apartment to Piney Branch Pkwy.; Piney Branch Pkwy; Porter St. ramp to Beach Dr. east of Williamsburg Ln.; Blagden Ave. west of Mathewson Dr.; Broad Branch Rd. east of Ridge Rd.; Wise Rd.; entire length of Glover Rd.; entire length of Ridge Rd.; Grand Rd.; Sherrill Dr.; Joyce Rd.; Morrow Dr.; West Beach Dr. at Parkside Dr.; Stage Rd.; and Bingham Dr.