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Results of Essex County's deer management program for the Hilltop Reservation.
Over 6 afternoons, sharpshooters removed 52 deer from an area smaller than one-half square mile in size. Wildlife biologists, ecologists and nature preserve managers recommend keeping deer density down to 20 or fewer per square mile in order to allow the forest to regenerate over time and gradually achieve a more balanced, stable and resilient ecosystem. That target density of less than 20 per square mile means we should have no more than 10 deer in the entire Hilltop property. The County was able to remove more than 5 times that recommended number. We are seeing less browse damage than in the past and certain plant and animal species are being observed more often in the Hilltop, so the deer program is definitely making a difference. We will continue to support efforts to further reduce the deer population, and to restore the health of the Hilltop's forest.
Theresa Trapp, Treasurer
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Thank you for your past support of the Hilltop Reservation, and of the Conservancy. We were able to accomplish many good things last year, which we couldn't have done without you.
And the work continuesTo help us continue this great work, we need both your continued support and your membership dues. Over 90% of our funding for trail tools, native grass and wildflower seed, and other supplies comes from membership dues. Local residents and volunteers like yourselves provide the financial resources for us to conduct events and projects in the Hilltop, including: clean-ups, nature hikes, trail blazing, signage and wildlife habitat restoration.
Amounts for 2018 dues are:Single membership:$20
Please make your check payable to "Hilltop Conservancy" and mail it to :
Hilltop Conservancy, Inc.
Your continued support is GREATLY appreciated and
will allow us to continue our all-volunteer efforts to enjoy, care for and improve the Hilltop Reservation.
The Hilltop Conservancy is a partner of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the spread of new foreign invasive species in New Jersey. More information is at www.NJISST.org
The Hilltop Conservancy officers and trustees have decided to |
NOT hold regular general membership monthly meetings.
The work of the Conservancy continues and we will organize events as in past years.
Be sure to check your email box, your local paper and here for news and volunteer opportunities.
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The Hilltop Conservancy, Inc. is a non-profit organization recognized by
the IRS (under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) and by the
State of New Jersey as a public charity qualified to receive