Big surprise — deer are a problem in Westchester.
Read my colleague Greg Clary’s article today on the results of a county task force study on how deer are destroying our forests, with various options for reducing their numbers. Note the sidebar on bowhunters on the right side of the page.
Some of the numbers are amazing — 63.7 deer per square mile in the 4,315-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservoir, a county park. Deer-resistant plant lists don’t have much meaning with these kinds of numbers. They’re going to be nibbling at cars before long.
The Westchester section of the Sunday NYTimes had a good piece on composting, how Westchester exports more than 85,000 tons of leaves each fall for composting elsewhere. Surely there must be a greener way to do this.
And the op-ed page of yesterday’s Times had a piece called “A 50-Year Farm Bill” about the horrific soil loss and destruction caused by current commercial agriculture practices.