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The National Park Service has approved the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Rock Creek Park White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

The ROD formally adopts Alternative D, the preferred alternative contained in the FEIS. Under this alternative, the NPS will continue current park deer management actions, including monitoring the deer population, protecting certain native plants and ornamental landscaping with fencing, and continuing educational activities to inform the public about deer ecology and park resource issues. The park will also use a combination of certain additional lethal and non-lethal actions to reduce the deer population.

Since 1991, data gathered from the park's vegetation monitoring program clearly show that nearly all tree and shrub seedlings are being browsed by deer before they have a chance to grow. Protecting the park's native vegetation is a key objective of the FEIS.

To download a copy of the ROD, click on the "Document List" link on the left side of this page.
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Nick Bartolomeo
Chief Ranger
Rock Creek Park
3545 Williamsburg Lane, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Office: 202-895-6010
Cell: 202-579-8494