Beyond the Fence

"Beyond the Fence" is a monthly column in The Finger Lakes Times that is written by freelance author, Dee Calvasina. The column is centered around the property formerly known as the Seneca Army Depot, which has been surrounded by a 24 mile long perimeter fence since 1941. Still fenced off today, Deer Haven Park makes up 3000 acres in the northern portion of the former Depot property. Each month, Dee will uncover and enlighten her readers to the some of the mysteries, history and unique Flora and Fauna... Beyond the Fence.

Click the links below and go "Beyond the Fence" with Dee Calvasina.

About the Author

Dee Calvasina
Dee Calvasina, freelance author

Dee Calvasina is a Finger Lakes native, professional writer, and freelance author whose work has been published in numerous regional, national, and international publications.  Spanning her career, in addition to environmental subject matter, her genres have included alternative medicine, health and fitness, medical, and human interest.  In response to readership following, a booklet of her prose entitled, “Escape” was published, as well as numerous poems and greeting card sentiments.  A columnist for the Finger Lakes Times, her monthly piece entitled, “Beyond the Fence” highlights both the human and wildlife adventures surrounding Deer Haven Park, LLC wherein she shares her passion for the white, whitetail deer in a manner that allows her readers an adventure via the written word. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and two furry canines.

Go Beyond the Fence with Dee Calvasina

Each month, through her column in the Finger Lakes Times, Dee Calvasina offers a glimpse into Deer Haven Park's military and land history as well as sharing about the unique wildlife and human events and activities beyond the 24-mile-long perimeter fence that once hid a secure military base, The Seneca Army Depot, from the rest of the world.  The Park now also protects the largest known herd of white whitetail deer.

If you enjoy reading Dee's monthly musings and would like to own a copy of her newly published book revolving around those stories and capped off with breathtaking photography, pick up your copy of "Beyond the Fence, The Amazing World of Deer Haven Parktoday!

The book "Beyond the Fence" is a chosen sampling of Dee's columns from the past 6 years that collectively tell the story of this 10,000 plus acre parcel in central Seneca County, NY and its owners prior to 1941 US Military involvement. Dee tells about the Seneca Ordnance Depot munition and supply storage base and the role it played in maintaining our freedom throughout the 20th century. And most recently, what this amazing but nearly forgotten land, nature and wildlife has become in the years following base closure more than 20 years ago. You'll become immersed in Dee's captivating writings as she takes you to a land "Beyond the Fence."

"Beyond the Fence, The Amazing World of Deer Haven Park" is available at the Deer Haven Park Visitor Center, through the publisher at, and on Amazon.