More geese control on lake commission's June 26 agenda

Greenwood Lake. The Greenwood Lake Commission will continue to look at non-lethal control of the geese population during its next meeting Wednesday night.

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With no lethal geese population control scheduled at Greenwood Lake this year, the Greenwood Lake Commission (GLC) will continue to look at alternatives during its June 26 meeting at the Senior Center in Greenwood Lake, New York.

The meeting begins 7 p.m. and it is open to the public.

Nancy Minich, a registered horticultural therapist who teaches at Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania, will be present to give the commission and audience ideas to help manage the geese at the 9-mile bi-state lake.

Members of the Animal Protection League of New Jersey and commissioners spent several hours with Minich touring the lake recently to access problems and hear initial suggestions from the professor, officials said.

Now familiar with the lake, Minich will elaborate on ideas to address the problems and interact with the audience, responding to questions or suggestions they may have to offer.

GLC New Jersey Chair Paul Zarrillo said with her understanding of geese issues and the lake, Minich will be working with the GLC and interested parties to put recommendations for managing the geese population into practice.

Minich is a registered horticultural therapist and was recognized in her field earlier this year when she was published in a textbook “The Profession and Practice of Horticultural Therapy."

A local park she designed also won a 2019 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

The project helped to stabilize the banks for the Newtown Pennsylvania Creek.

She partnered with the Newtown Creek Coalition to address environmental concerns with the design.

Minich‘s credentials include certification as a landscape architect.

Zarrillo said the Animal Protection League’s stated goal of aiming to create a culture of respect for the animals who share the planet is recognized. Education and public awareness and activism to result in desired changes of the geese habits without them suffering will be pursued, he said.

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