A healthy forest ecosystem requires native undergrowth. Emerging growth replaces old trees, provides small animal habitat, and helps maintain water and soil health. The absence of this undergrowth is often a product of overgrazing, and allows for the proliferation of non-native invasive plant species. Population studies have revealed up to 15x the recommended level of deer density on this property, which also presents a hazard to drivers on local roadways.
The Watershed Reserve employs several techniques to combat overgrazing, including deer exclosure fencing, native reforestation, and hunting. Unauthorized hunting is prohibited.
For this reason, the 10-miles of hiking trails on the Watershed Reserve will be closed on: Jan. 15, 16, 18, 29, 30* and Feb. 12, 13* (*Trails south of Wargo Pond will be closed before 9 a.m. on these days and will be open the remainder of the day).
Visitors are advised to wear fluorescent orange to be seen and safe!