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Welcome to the website for the Nature Preserve at Binghamton University! A few links are currently under construction, but among these pages you will find most information that you need.

If you have any questions or comments about the website, they can be directed toward the current webmaster, Dylan Horvath. For general questions about anything concerning the Preserve, please contact the Steward of Natural Areas, Dylan Horvath (naturepr@binghamton.edu) Feel free to look around the website. This "updates" page is the place to find general news about the Nature Preserve and natural areas and the website.

              Just a word of caution:

Hunting season with firearms starts this Saturday, Nov. 19 and runs until Dec. 11. As we are surrounded by private land where it is legal to hunt, I suggest wearing bright colors, especially orange, if you go into the upper elevations through Dec. 11. This isn't to make everyone paranoid of being shot, but just to be careful. Hunting generally takes place during early morning and evening, although, since deer are regularly flushed from the Preserve by people, hunting may occur all day in the surrounding private lands. The neighboring hunters that I know of generally hunt with bows, which are not a danger to Nature Preserve users. Archery season (bow hunting) started weeks ago and ends Dec. 20.  

University Police 607-777-2393  I've had reports of hunters with bad behavior. Do not confront them, just call the police. Hunters should not be on our property and especially down in the lower elevations, around the pond, or near the campus.        

Since, we have an overpopulation of deer on campus and in the Nature Preserve, it isn't necessarily a bad thing to have few deer being hunted. We don't have enough natural predators to keep the deer population under control. Deer have a negative impact on the regeneration of the forest, since they eat most or all of the understory.   

For more NYS hunting information including small game seasons: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/hunting.html

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions feel free to email me.

 

Treatment of Hemlocks:

May 10-12, 2016

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an invasive insect killing hemlock trees which are an invaluable part of the ecology of the Northeast. In many areas of the Nature Preserve, hemlocks are the only tree or major species growing. HWA were found on campus in 2011 and are now found throughout Binghamton University property. In order to save as many hemlocks as possible, we are treating them with pesticide applied to the lower portions of bark. Trees bordering trails are taking priority.

Trunk spray: In this systemic treatment, Bandit® is mixed with water and sprayed on the trunk. Bandit was chosen as most of the ingredients are natural without surfactants. This treatment is useful for minimizing contamination of soil with insecticides. The treatment dries within an hour and is safe to touch after a few hours. The treatment will keep the tree safe for seven years. 

September 2016

Redwing Steps: 

The Redwing Trail entrance steps have been replaced thanks to Engineers Without Borders. We are looking at the effects of rain (when it finally does rain) before and if we adjust the grading.  

April 2016
Rain Effects
The trails will be soggy for a long time after rain even when the weather is sunny. Please stay on trails. Unfortunately, when folks try to avoid wet spots, the trail just becomes a wider muddy mess and trampling of our vegetation can take a long time to recover. 

August 2015 
Lot M0 converted to Pay Parking
All spaces are now 24/7 pay parking in Lot M0, which is the small 20-space lot next to the main entrance of the Nature Preserve where the map and shed are. Parking on the weekends is still free in other parking lots on campus.

Dec. 9, 2011
Deer Management
The deer reduction program is on indefinite delay because of the lawsuit. Our ghost forests are now the demonstration of the future of many northeast forests with deer overabundance. Our area is the second or third worst devastated area for deer damage that visiting botanists have ever seen. The on campus forest is now devoid of 90 percent wildflowers, 90 percent native woody understory, and worst of all, it is not regenerating. After years of monitoring the effect of deer on our forests and given their overpopulation, through CUE, the Committee for the University Environment, we recommended that we begin deer management. After a lot of research, for an initial strategy, the only effective way to reduce the deer population was through culling and then, either repeated culling or controlled hunting to maintain a healthy deer population. The decision was not an easy one, if there was any other effective way, we would have chosen it. More information will be posted on this website, but for now, here is a link to: Frequently Asked Questions.

 



Last Updated: 1/24/17