FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ORGANIZATION: Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance
CORNELL UNIVERSITY, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, PRAISE ANN ARBOR DEER MANAGEMENT AND LOCAL GROUP’S WEBSITE
Ann Arbor, MI Mar. 14, 2017–The Community Deer Advisor team, a partnership of Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy, recently praised the City of Ann Arbor and a local group, Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance (WC4EB), for being “exemplary” as the team looked around the nation for community-based deer management initiatives.
Dr. Meredith Cornett, a Nature Conservancy scientist and collaborator on www.deeradvisor.org,wrote to WC4EB about Ann Arbor’s deer management program:
“The City of Ann Arbor stands out as ”exemplary in large part because of the degree of citizen engagement in the process and also because of its ongoing commitment to evaluation.”
“We are very interested in developing Ann Arbor as a “full blown” community example with a greater level of detail.”
Cornett praised WC4EB’s website as“very informative,” adding “In fact, some of the communities in our map database were leads that we tracked down through wc4eb. Thank you for this great resource!” She requested permission to link from the Deer Advisor’s site. Now each website links to the other’s.
The local group’s website now features Facts about Deer and Their Management — Ann Arbor 2017, which summarizes the science of deer and their impact on ecological balance and links to the research.
WC4EB came together over two years ago to review and discuss deer biology and management, aiming to bring vetted information to the public through a website. The group includes landscape architects, naturalists, information professionals, and long time volunteers interested in supporting ecological balance. It is neither affiliated with, nor accepts funding from, any other group or organization.
Cornell University’s research on deer management is nationally recognized. The Nature Conservancy and Cornell University have launched Community Deer Advisoras a free online resource for communities seeking information about managing overabundant deer populations.