2nd Annual Deer Management Seminar
Saturday, November 12, 2011
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Irvine invites you to attend its second annual Deer Management Seminar. The seminar, featuring four morning speakers, addresses Maryland’s rising white-tailed deer population and its impact on surrounding ecosystems. Topics include Lyme disease, recent population trends, Baltimore County’s plans to help sustain the forests, how communities can work together to manage populations, forest regeneration and more. Information will be useful for homeowners, farmers, gardeners, hunters, naturalists and others.
Registration Fee: $30 ($20 for members) To register, contact
9:15 Lyme Disease in Maryland, Dr. John Aucott
10:00 Sustainable Forest Management in Baltimore County, Don Outen
11:00 Community Deer Management Program: The Accokeek Model, Holliday Wagner and Bryon Williams
11:45 Case Studies: The Recovery of Woods after Successful Deer Management, Eugene Meyer
12:00 Seminar Ends
Lyme Disease in Maryland
Dr. John Aucott will focus on the risk factors and symptoms of Lyme and other emerging tick-borne infections in Maryland. The talk will also include a discussion of prevention and treatment. Dr. Aucott is the President and Founder of the Lyme Disease Research Foundation of Maryland. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1996, Dr. Aucott joined the Faculty of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In recent years, his medical practice and research have focused on the rapidly growing problem of Lyme disease in the United States, and he has established a nationally recognized referral clinic for the care of patients with Lyme disease.
Sustainable Forest Management in Baltimore County
Don Outen will discuss the health and sustainability of forests in Baltimore County and the impact of deer on native species regeneration. He will also share county actions and preparation for control of deer on public lands. Don is the Natural Resource Manager for Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability. He has worked since 1973 in land use planning and environmental management in Maryland, including employment at the county, regional, and state levels of government and in academia. Don developed and directs the County's Forest Sustainability program. He is a member of the Core Group of the national Roundtable on Sustainable Forests and the Governor's Forest Sustainability Council.
Community Deer Management Program: The Accokeek Model
Holliday Wagner and Bryon Williams have operated a managed deer hunt on 120 properties in the community for the last four years. It has been successful and safe. The entire operation is run by volunteers and costs about $150 annually. Every year they say “never again” because of the enormous amount of work it takes to organize. Every year they find many reasons to continue and put more energy into subcontracting tasks to other volunteers. They will share some of the lessons learned. Holliday is a plant ecologist with a doctorate in ecology and is native to Accokeek. She became involved in deer population control when she was bitten by 500 ticks her first summer back in Accokeek and developed a nasty case of Lyme disease. Byron is a studio artist, previously president of Accokeek's civic association and has served the board of the Accokeek Foundation. He is a volunteer with the Montgomery and Howard County managed hunts and made the mistake of returning Holliday's phone call five years ago.
Case Studies: The Recovery of Woods after Successful Deer Management
Eugene Meyer will present a brief summary of two studies which focused on the regeneration of oak and maple trees after have been eaten by deer. Eugene is semi-retired from the Department of Biology at Loyola University.
Registration Fee: $30 ($20 for members)
To register, contact