The Potomac Highlands Watershed School 

High School Environmental Forum

The Forest's POV

School: Hampshire High School
Class: 1st Block Environmental Science
Teacher: Mr. Moore
group_name: 5
Stakeholder: forest
Date: 11/08/2006
Time: 08:23 AM

Position

If the deer population is left alone then they could destroy the small vegetation. We could install deer fences in differnt areas around the county. We could also raise deer farms to keep them in an enclosed area so that they don't not destroy a lot of the forest. We have to take care of the forest so it can grow healthy and strong. If we focus on the deer population only, then the rest of the forest will suffer. The forest will provide enough sustanence for only a certain amont of life, the rest will die, but that is how the forest and nature works.


School: Hampshire High School
Class: 2nd Block Enironmental Science
Teacher: Mr. Moore
group_name: The Forest
Stakeholder: forest
Date: 11/08/2006
Time: 10:27 AM

Position

As the forest, we are concerned about the overall impact of the deer. We are worried that once the older trees begin to die out, there will no longer be younger trees because the deer will have eaten all of the under story, leaving no trees to take over once the older trees die.. The forest will be dead. We can not allow this. People have been trying to find solutions to our forest problem for the past decade. The deer are out of control and something needs to be done! If nothing is done soon, West Virginia will no longer be “almost heaven.” Instead it will just be a barren wasteland of dirt and rocks. So we have decided on a few things that we could do to control the deer population in the area. These factors will hopefully prove to make a difference in the environment of this area. The first thing that could be done would be to extend hunting season by a few months, or maybe even for the whole year. And also make the extended season include male and female deer alike. This would deplete the deer population so that the forest could begin to heal itself. Another factor that could be added to the forest could be mountain lions that would control deer population and add predators to the area. The lions would eat the deer, reducing the population, and we wouldn’t have to worry about over-population of lions because they would die off as the deer population, the food source, depletes. Now we go onto some solutions for preserving the trees in the area. We can encase saplings in PVC-like pipes. We have found in our area that doing this does in fact protect the tree until it is old enough to take a beating from the deer population without dying. We have been doing this to trees in our area recently and it has proven to actually help the trees survive. There are also ways that you can protect around your house too. Around the woods of your house, you can place deer fencing, which is a 7-8 foot plastic-material, around the area in which you want to protect. You can also induce a chemical smell into the woods or area around your house to keep the deer out, as well. These are a few ways that we have decided to try to control the population in the woods in our area. Doing these things will improve the state of the forests in the area, and will allow the under story to grow up after the older trees begin to die off. Hopefully these ideas and suggestions from others will make the future of our forests a positive one and not negative.


School: Hampshire High School
Class: 4th block enviromental science
Teacher: Mr. Moore
group_name: The Forest Saver, 1 person
Stakeholder: forest
B1: Submit
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Date: 11/08/2006
Time: 01:35 PM

Other_Name

Position

I think we should make our own trees in a special place and by the time they get old enough we replant them in the wild. To keep the deer from eating them we should make some kind of spray substance to spray on the tree to keep deer away from it. We should have a certain area for just deer to graze and eat what they can. There are 60 deer per sq. mile and that many deer could cause a lot of damage to our forest. All the native young sprouting trees that are just freshly being born in the ground are being eaten right away do to the fact of over population of deer. Since the deer mostly like to eat small spouting trees than I think you should stick with my idea of growing new trees inside buildings till they get old enough that they can go into the forest and than when we get enough in there we can still have our regular population of trees again. We also need those trees for lumber. We are losing a lot of money on the lack of lumber surplus and need to do something about it. I thought of a good idea that might help the lumber company in a good way. Deer tend to eat small trees because the freshness it contains. Before you grow the tree, put some kind of chemical inside the seed to warn most of the deer to where it doesn't kill all the trees. Make sure that the chemical isn’t harmful to the tree or human kind. I think it might cost around a couple million dollars but with the saving of the trees we could save around a couple billion dollars. The stuff to spray in the trees or in the seeds may cost a bit of money. The fence idea is a good idea but say some how the a tree falls down on the fence and deer notice there’s an opening in the fence and they will come in graze on all the trees and sprouting bushes. What will you do than when most of your trees and bushes are gone and how much money it will take to get back to what you started with. There’s another idea that I have that would work but at the same time make people scared to go into the woods do to the fact that I would like some kind of animal like a wolf or a mountain lion. They would take care of the population of the deer that eat all the trees and shrubs. I like 2nd blocks idea of having deer season all year long to because than more people could get out in the summer when there’s no work and kill the deer and plant more plants.


School: EHHS
Class: Vo-Agriculture
Teacher: Mr. Arthur Halterman
group_name: 3
Stakeholder: forest
B1: Submit
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Date: 11/08/2006
Time: 01:51 PM

Other_Name

Position

Too many deer cause too many problems, even for themselves. The number of deer in Hardy County has risen in past years. The deer are eating themselves out of their own home. The deer population is getting out of control, and if the people of this region do not do anything about it the deer will soon destroy the forest vegetation and soon the forest itself. The over population of deer is a hazard to the forests of West Virginia, and to the farmers who use the land of West Virginia. The deer of this region are eating all the tree seedling growing on the forest ground, and without new tree seedlings there will not be any new trees growing to provide oxygen to humans and to the other animals on this earth. There are several ways to prevent the overpopulation of deer growth and deer destroying the habitat. One way to prevent the deer from overpopulating and destroying the forests is to increase the limit of deer killings during the hunting seasons in the fall. This will prevent more deer from breeding and producing more offspring during the spring. By increasing the limit this will provide more chances for hunters to get more meat to provide for their families during the winter. Another way to prevent overpopulation is to fence off all the areas that are being affected by the deer. Fencing is not harmful to the deer nor is it killing the deer, the deer will eat less of the forest and have less of a chance to find new mates for the fall season; decreasing the population, and giving the seedlings on the other side of the fence a chance to grow. One advantage of fencing off the deer is that scientists get to study the deer, and their habits, and the scientists get to study the re-growth of the new forest plants growing in the fenced off areas of the forest. There are plenty of ways to prevent the overpopulation of deer without slaughtering them, but we as humans must figure out a way how the humans and the animals can co-exist in the space that we have been given.