The National Park Service has announced it will offer public meetings for the development of a Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan.
The meetings will be held today at Ivy Creek Foundation, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville; Wednesday at the James Madison University, in Telos Room No. 259, in the College of Integrated Science and Technology Building, Harrisonburg; and Thursday, at Washington Fire Hall, 10 Firehouse Lane, Washington, Va. All meetings will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
The meetins will discuss how CWC affects park populations of white-tailed deer.
The purpose of the plan is to reduce the likelihood of the CWD establishment and decrease the disease's progression within Shenandoah National Park.
CWD has not been detected in Shenandoah National Park, but it has been detected in Frederick County. CWD is an invasive non-native disease which threatens deer populations, related natural resources, and visitor experiences at Shenandoah National Park.
For those unable to attend a public meeting but wishing to learn more about the important management issues and to submit a comment can go to parkplanning.nps.gov/shen.
Comments will be most beneficial if received by April 30.
-- Daily Staff Report