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Over the past two decades, the negative impact that overabundant

    1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

    Phone: 908-204-3001; Fax: 908-204-3015; Website: www.bernards.org

    Resolution #090188

    Urging the National Park Service to Implement a Comprehensive Deer Control Program

    that includes the Morristown National Historic Park in Morris County, New Jersey

    WHEREAS, the New Jersey Audubon Society’s headquarters, the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Lewis Morris County Park, owned by the Morris County Parks Commission, both share a large border with the Morristown National Historic Park; and

    WHEREAS, the three groups met in August 2008 to discuss cooperating on a deer management plan for the area; and

    WHEREAS, over the past two decades, the negative impact that overabundant populations of white-tailed deer are having on the forested landscape of Central New Jersey has reached an undeniable crisis; and

    WHEREAS, over the past few years every public owner of open space in the area, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Somerset County Parks Commission, Morris County Parks Commission, Schiff Nature Center, and the local townships have opened their properties to deer hunting except the New Jersey Audubon Society and the National Park Service; and

    WHEREAS, the New Jersey Audubon Society will enter the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary into a winter deer management program in 2009; and

    WHEREAS, the Morristown National Historic Park remains the last, and strategically the most important, piece that will allow successful regional deer management to occur; and

    WHEREAS, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife completed a statewide deer browse study three years ago that found Morristown National Historic Park to be the most severely impacted site in the state both by deer browse and its consequence rampant

    spread of invasive species; and

    WHEREAS, Bernards Township has had a deer management program in place since 2001, resulting in a reduction of the herd by 81% and have found it to be an effective

    way of reducing environmental damage from white tail deer, as well as providing benefits to public health and safety. (See attached report.)

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESVOLED, by the Township Committee of the

    Township of Bernards that we do here urge that the National Park Service to accept its obligation to be a responsible neighbor and move quickly to implement a comprehensive deer control program that includes the Morristown National Historic Park; and to respond to the extensive efforts of municipal, county, and state governments and non-governmental organizations and the hundreds of millions of tax dollars spent to protect and preserve this historic and ecologically significant landscape by joining in protecting and restoring the health of this forested ecosystem; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESVOLED, by the Township Committee of

    the Township of Bernards that a copy of this resolution be provide to the National Park Service, the Morris County Parks Commission, Morristown National Historic Park, the NJ Audubon Society, and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Bernards Township Deer Management Committee.

Agenda and Date Voted: 04/14/2009

    CERTIFICATION I hereby certify this is a true and exact copy of a resolution adopted by the Bernards Township Committee on 04/14/2009. Denise Szabo, Municipal Clerk

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