A healthy forest ecosystem requires native undergrowth. Emerging growth replaces old trees, provides habitat for small animals, and helps protect water and soil health. Overgrazing causes a loss of this undergrowth and allows for the proliferation of non-native invasive plant species.
Visitors are advised to wear fluorescent orange to be seen and safe!
In a 2022 Deer Density Survey conducted by Steward Green, the Watershed Reserve had a calculated density of 56 deer per square mile. Population studies have revealed the property’s deer density is about 3-to-5 times the recommended levels, 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:
November 28, 29*
December 5, 9, 10, 12*, 14-17, 26, 27, 28*, 29*, 30*
January 4-6, 13,14, 16, 18-20, 27, 28*
(*Trails south of Wargo Pond will be closed before 9 a.m. on these days and will be open the remainder of the day).