Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be closed to the public from Saturday, November 18 through Friday, December 1, 2017 for authorized deer management. The business offices and classroom will remain open during regularly scheduled business hours. Classes and programs will be held in the classroom at 71 N 500 W.
The overpopulation of deer in Porter County and throughout Indiana significantly impacts the natural plant communities as well as Taltree’s horticultural collections. Intensive browsing reduces the diversity of plants found on site and in extreme cases, has eliminated herbaceous species in our gardens and natural areas.
Taltree has contracted Urban Deer Hunt to minimize the deer population through hunting efforts. This effort will be the start of an urban deer stewardship program which will track, research and calculate harvest data in order to create management plans that benefit the arboretum, surrounding ecosystems as well as the local deer populations.
Each authorized participant has gone through Indiana state qualifications required by the Department of Natural Resources as well as additional screening through Urban Deer Hunt.
“I grew up in the city where even parks were rare. When I moved to Indiana a few years ago, I found a natural wonderland called Taltree. Taltree offers everything that I longed for, natural beauty, hiking trails and serenity. One visit to Taltree was all I needed. I became a member the next day. On occasion, I just sit on a bench and watch the grasses and trees gently blow in the wind, smell the flowers and listen to the birds sing…This is why I come to Taltree.”