Dr. Tim Block of the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum points to what may be the sole hobblebush plant within the 3,000-acre Nescopeck State Park, northeastern Pennsylvania. Why so rare? Because it’s a favorite food of white-tailed deer, the hoofed locust running amok across the Pennsylvania hardwood forests as I write. Public menace. Public enemy number one. Either is a suitable phrase. Read Ted Williams’ “Incite” column (for “Audubon” magazine) about the white-tailed deer plague. Then buy a hunting license. Even if you don’t plan to hunt deer next fall. Then tell the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners to proceed, full steam ahead, on a progressive deer management plan.
P.S. Hobblebush, like so many other understory plants in Appalachian forests, is the equivalent of ice cream to deer.