Public - Private Cooperation Improves Management of Deer and Forests
In 2012-2013, a coalition of landowners, scientists, and other deer-forest stakeholders - the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative - agreed to share the cost of continuing a unique program of adaptive deer management. From 2001 through 2011, the coalition managed deer on 74,000 acres of public and industrial forest land in northwestern Pennsylvania. The goal was to optimize use of novel programs introduced by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. With a mix of in-kind services, volunteer participation, and foundation support, the cooperative monitored and adaptively managed deer populations and vegetation for 13 years. Cooperative members base annual requests for additional deer harvest coupons on the monitoring results. The programs reduced deer densities by half within a few years after the program began and kept hunters engaged enough to prevent the deer herd from rising back to levels above the target density. Plant diversity has increased. An independent international review team considered KQDC's first decade a success in 2011, which led to the 2012 decision, as foundation funding ran out, to share the costs of sustaining the cooperative's efforts. This case study of management of common-pool resources for deer and forests shows that engagement of local stakeholders can improve the effectiveness of broad governmental programs.
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