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CAPE C.zAZETI, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 . 63 Maryland deer efforts draw Delaware attention Delaware will soon be taking a cue from Maryland when it comes to deer managemenL The state of Maryland has recently held a number of meetings to ask people what kind of deer management it should have. The public has been divided in- to three sectors - farmers, hunters and the general public - and asked their opinions about deer popula- tions. As expected, the answers have varied and have ranged from using birth control methods to control deer population to profes- sional hunters to the abolition of hunting. Delaware also has a thriving deer herd. Because there are so many similarities between the two states, Delaware fish and wildlife officials traveled to at least one of the meetings to observe. Maryland is trying to step back and decide what its long term goals should be in managing its deer herd, ac- cording to Lloyd Alexander of Delaware's Fish and Wildlife Di- vision. Alexander and Ken Reynolds White Tail from Delaware attended the session and came away thinking that the idea has some merit for Delaware. Few states have really tried to form a long-term strategy when it comes to deer management, ac- cording to Alexander. But that is exactly what Maryland and soon Delaware expect to do. Delaware's deer herd also has some problems. Those problems range from an increasing number O0000)ORS of collisions with cars to farmers who complain loudly about some- times extensive crop damage. In addition, Delaware's herd produces few large deer because of heavy hunting pressure. The deer are considered quite healthy, but bucks tend to have a short lifespan because of the heavy hunting. That means there are plenty of deer, but trophies are seldom lo- cated. All in all, it's a complex is- sue for state officials, who have to juggle conflicting desires and opinions about Delaware's deer herd. So, Delaware expects to take a page from its neighbor and do something similar. In the next year, Delaware plans to re-evalu- ate "everything we're doing," Alexander said. Best view in Sussex Suzanne Thurman loves to come to work every day because she may have the best view in Sussex County. Thurman overlooks Rehoboth Bay from the Carmine Environ- mental Center. For those of you unfamiliar with the center, it's lo- TIDES APE ,-00=.GAZETT E Indian River Date Inlet 2[22 2/23 2/24 m ).m. I Rehoboth Roosevelt Oak Beach Inlet Orchard 2/25 10i2713:3419:46 I3;3i [i014oI4i33 ]i2:o81 7:03 [ 2/26 i110214:04 ]10:211 4:Ol 11i:191 5:o8 1i2:421 7:33 ] 2/27 U:41[4:33 111:001 4:30 I -- I 5:47 ] 1:20 18:02 [ 2/28 cated at Camp Arrowhead. The Episcopal Diocese has operated the camp for years and genera- tions of children have frolicked amid the pines of the pristine set- ring overlooking the bay. The nature center is a new addi- tion to the area. Equipped with fish tanks, microscopes and the curiosity of the truly young, school children and other groups use the center to learn about the world around them, The center offers a variety of programs for school children, adults and teachers for a nominal fee designed to cover the cost of the programs. Wetlands programs are the cornerstone of the center programs, although there are many others designed to unlock the wonders of nature. "There's a little more life out there than meets the eye," said Thurman, the director of the cen- ter. Fresh from her work at the Cape Henlopen State Park Seaside Nature Center, Thurman was cho- sen to head the new center. "It's very exciting," Thurman said. "And there's so much to of- fer with so many habitats." The Carmine Center is named for Betty and Terry Carmine and its goal is to foster an appreciation for the environment, she said. 'Whey were the overseers of the property for over 40 years," she said of the couple. "And they put their heart and soul into keeping the camp going." Most programs cost $1.50 to $3 per person, just enough to cover the costs for the center, which is non-profit. "The Carmine Envi- ronmental Center at Camp Arrow- head is a non-profit environmental education facility dedicated to the promotion of environmental edu- cation and appreciation," accord- ing to the environmental center's events program. "Learning oppor- tunities abound in this richly di- verse ecosystem. Our educational programs are designed to be expe- riential, providing ample opportu- nity for responsible exploration of marine, wetland and woodland habitats." Programs include seining in Re- hoboth Bay, wetlands discovery and meet the horseshoe crab. For more information, or to register for programs contact the environ- mental center at 945-0677. Something fishy There's something "fishy" go- ing on at Delmarva Power, and that's good news for two species of fish on the Delmarva Peninsu- la. More than 20,000 American shad fingerlings were recently raised at the company's employ ee-operated Vienna Power Plant fish pond and released into the Nanticoke River. Delmarva Pow- er raised and released approxi- mately 8,500 shad last year. American shad was once the most commercially valuable species in the Chesapeake Bay area, but the population declined due to overfishing and habitat degradation. There is currently a moratorium on American shad fishing in Maryland. "In the last eleven years, our employees have raised more than 247,000 rockfish at the Vienna Plant hatchery," said Matt Likovich of Delmarva Power's public relations department. "Since rockfish [striped bass] have made a steady recovery, Maryland fisheries officials asked if our employees would help shad make a comeback." Delmarva Power also funded another fish project that represent- ed a cooperative effort between the utility and fisheries personnel from Maryland and Delaware. Largemouth bass, the most popu- lar freshwater fish in this country, were raised in three ponds in Cecil County, Md. More than 13,000 were raised, with most of the fish released into the Nanticoke River or its tributaries. A small portion was released into Big Elk Creek in Cecil County. Approximately 26,000 bass have been raised through this project in the last two years. All the shad and some of the bass were tagged to allow re- searchers to study the species' mi- gratory patterns and survival rates. Help for farmers on way Delaware farmers sometimes complain that hungry deer are eat- ing them out of house and home. Now, Delaware farmers may be eligible for a federal program to help them offset those costs. The Conservation Reserve Pro- gram is being expanded. The pro- gram is best known for paying farmers to not farm lands that tend to erode because they are steeply sloping. It prevents erosion, but doesn't have a lot of impact in Delaware because it's hard to find a large bump in Delaware, let alone a hill or steep slope. A new provision would allow farmers to be paid up to $70 to $90 an acre to set aside land for wildlife habitat and would also compensate them for wildlife plantings, according to Lloyd Alexander of the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control. "Now, we have an alternative for them." LEWES FISHHOUSE & PRODUCE Catfish Fillets $4.99 lb. Est. 1958 LISTEI00 Electrical Contractor L.P.I. Cert. 959 645-8457 645-9060 1-800-610-8457 CERTIFIED LIGHTNING PROTECTION P.O. Box 252, Lewes, DE 19958 LIST $215