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Manassas Battlefield Park donates venison to Hunters for the Hungry to feed hungry neighbors

Manassas National Battlefield Park was among seven national parks in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbiathat donated more than 12,000 pounds of venison to local nonprofit organizations that will serve approximately 48,000 meals to families in need. Manassas donated 1710 pounds according to a news release.

Controlling populations of white-tailed deer is one of the most effective ways to support resilient forests that sustain all wildlife and plants for the long-term.

Before any donation, all parks professionally process deer and participate in a chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling program. To date all results have been negative for CWD, providing a high level of confidence that CWD does not currently exist in the deer populations in these parks. If any results from future deer management indicate the presence of CWD, the venison testing positive would not be donated. 

While these seven national parks preserve different aspects of America’s history and natural treasures, all have suffered from the effects of high deer populations. Overabundant deer populations damage plants and eat nearly all tree seedlings preventing forest regeneration. Deer also damage agricultural crops, which are a key component of the historic setting at many Civil War battlefields. These national parks manage deer populations to support long-term protection and restoration of native plants and to promote healthy and diverse ecosystems for all wildlife. 

Reducing overabundant deer populations has produced positive results at area national parks. Rock Creek Park which began deer management in 2013, has seen tree seedling numbers triple and Catoctin Mountain Park which has managed deer since 2010 has seen a 19-fold increase in tree seedling numbers. Long-term commitment to deer management is needed to translate that early success into increases in saplings, and ultimately mature trees of canopy species.

Each park follows a deer management plan, developed with public input, according to the National Environmental Policy Act.   

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