Reclaimed

PhotographerLinda Kuo
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

With increasing habitat fragmentation, the loss of natural predators, and continual expanding of roadways, The New York Department of Transportation is faced with the disposal of 25,000 deer carcasses a year from motor vehicle collisions. Traditional methods of disposal-incineration and mass graves, have become prohibitive due to cost and environmental concerns. However, a more viable and practical alternative has become available. Deer composting. "Reclaimed" considers the practice of deer composting performed by the Department of Transportation in Ulster County NY, which composts over 800 deer carcasses a year. This project illustrates the conflict between nature and humankind, and addresses the challenge of implementing solutions that are in harmony with our environment.