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Quality Deer Management Chapter Presents Award To Maryland Conservation Corps

Westminster, Md. (April 7, 2011) —The Maryland Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) presented an award to the Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) at the annual QDMA Banquet on March 19, honoring MCC’s efforts in an ongoing deer research project in Maryland State Parks.

“We are so appreciative of the MCC’s hard work,” said Nita Settina, Superintendent of the Maryland Park Service. “These young men and women were so eager to learn and contribute to the project; they were such an asset.”

After accepting QDMA’s invitation, corps-members worked at recent State Park managed deer hunts, assisting in weighing, aging and collecting reproductive data from the harvested deer. Many MCC crewmembers commented that it was an excellent educational opportunity working with the experienced biologists. Biologists from the Maryland Chapter have been working in Maryland State Parks since 1998, collecting data for this study.

“It was great to see the MCC corps-members recognized,” said Andrew Hangen, Assistant Manager at Gunpowder Falls State Park, who witnessed the MCC crews putting in several very long days collecting data under the guidance of the QDMA biologists. “These individuals did a wonderful job,” he said.

The Maryland Chapter of QDMA annually presents this award to individuals who have had a positive effect on deer management in Maryland. QDMA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a management philosophy/practice that unites landowners, hunters and managers in a common goal of producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social and legal constraints. For more information about QDMA, visit

The Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) is an AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects. Managed by the Maryland Park Service since 1984, MCC provides members with opportunities for skill development and personal growth through a supportive, team-based environment, emphasizing the satisfaction of completing projects that benefit Maryland’s natural resources. To learn more about MCC, go to

   April 7, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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