Re: Promised Land State Park Vacation Observations
The exclosures are impenetrable. There is one large one that was built after the tornado in 1999. The small one, that is divided into sections was built that year also. The section of that exclosure that was not cut has some growth, but still very little difference after 11 years of no deer, but there is a difference.
Two years ago, DNR opened up many small areas along the road around the park to improve the habitat. That is where I see the biggest difference. Almost all the stumps have sprouts.
HOWEVER, all over the park there is a difference, even where it was not cut. I have been going up since I am an infant and I know for a fact that there was nothing but ferns growing on the forest floor. Now there are "things" growing out of the ferns. Not a big variety, but a decent amount of whatever they are. I should have taken my field guide with me. I also noticed little if any new browsing, which means DMAP has been very successful. Everyone says they are seeing no deer.
I can't figure DNR out though. We have had two old style benches at our landing as long as I can remember. We had to remove as they said they want the lake to be as natural as possible. Fine, I don't necessarily agree, but it is their lake. However, on our walk around Conservation Island I saw two newly built benches, just like ours, right on the water. Go figure. It is stuff like that costs them a bit of credibility. They are instituting a lot of little restrictions on cabin owners. For example, we had to install new spotlights with shields on to minimize light pollution. I mean come on, this week I bet only 5% of the cabins were occupied. How big of a deal can that be. Know what I mean?
Saw a doe with twins tonight on our lease here in Schuylkill. Reports are decent, although some does appear to have none.