By the late 1800's, there were fewer than 500 deer in the state of Pennsylvania, and deer were considered all but extinct in Maryland. Today, there are an estimated 1.6 million in Pennsylvania alone. Since a full-grown deer will consume about ten pounds of twigs per day, Pennsylvania loses 8,000 tons per day-enough to fill 320 tractor trailers.
In order to reach the objective of sustainable forest vegetation, the impact of deer and other wildlife must be considered. SRM uses wildlife impact assessments, deer density studies, and deer fencing to address the growing influence of wildlife on our forestlands.