This is the third in a series of electronic watershed newsletters that are linked to the web site of the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance. Quarterly issues will feature news briefs and alert you to upcoming watershed events. If you don’t want to receive future issues please click here.
It’s not too late to catch the last couple of days of sights, smells, sounds, activities and opportunities to learn from your neighbors at the Frederick County Fair! More than 40 volunteers from fifteen partner organizations are staffing the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance’s booth in the City Streets, Country Roads Building (No. 44) on Machinery Row. This year’s theme, Protecting Our Future, One Drop at a Time, is printed on complementary items including rain gauges, magnets and sponges. Come by to say hello. For additional information, click here.
The celebration at ThorpeWood on Sunday was fun and festive. Folks learned a lot too – the importance of the milkweed plant to the Monarch’s survival, how the butterflies lay eggs, hatch as caterpillars, molt four times, create a chrysalis, and finally emerge as adults. Old and young released 28 butterflies raised in a home nursery by Jim and Teresa Gallion and celebrated the Monarch’s departure on their 2,000 mile migration! To read more about Monarch butterflies and their migration, click here.
Sadly, these hops aren’t good for beer making or medicinal purposes, as far as we know. On the contrary, they rise on stream edges and seem to ooze over the landscape, smothering most everything in their path. You can help us scout for infestations of this invasive plant in the Monocacy watershed, the first step in the process of testing control strategies and developing a watershed wide management plan. To download a form for tracking hops and to learn more about these efforts, click here.
More than 20 applications were submitted this fall by Frederick County farmers on land totaling 2,000 acres for agricultural preservation funding from MALPF, the oldest agricultural program in Maryland. Click here to learn more about Agricultural Preservation Programs in Frederick County.
Neighbors are stepping up to the plate. They value the lovely natural park area in Frederick City between Baughman’s Lane and Route 15 and have decided to commit to its health and well-being. It isn’t easy to learn to identify and manage invasive plants. However, without such a commitment, soon the beauty and balance of the natural ecosystem declines. Learn more about this impressive volunteer effort.
Tuscarora Creek is benefiting from the collective efforts of Cloverhill homeowners. Their subdivision common areas are the first of their kind to be certified as a Bay-Wise landscape in Frederick County. Learn more about their ongoing work to plant and maintain native trees and shrubs along the small headwater stream that flows through their property. Learn more about the efforts of Cloverhill residents to improve water quality in their subdivision.
Summer Creek Farm, an organic farm located north of Thurmont in the Upper Monocacy watershed recently announced the conversion of all off road diesel farm equipment to BioDiesel, an alternative fuel using conventional petroleum and soy based fuel as a mixture. Learn more about this move away from full reliance on petroleum products.
Permanently protecting its two sanctuary properties in the Linganore watershed, the Audubon Society of Central Maryland has joined 70 Frederick County landowners collectively protecting more than 7,000 acres through the Maryland Environmental Trust. The Audubon Society of Central Maryland is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose members share an active interest in wildlife and birding, along with an overriding concern for the well-being of our shared environment. It is an active chapter of the National Audubon Society. Click here to learn more about the Audubon Sanctuary easement.
What a beautiful season to be outdoors! There are several volunteer opportunities to help plant trees and shrubs in October. You can combine exercise with getting to know your neighbors and helping clean up our streams. Join the group planting along Glade Creek in the Walkersville area on October 7th; or the group planting in Libertytown at the Libertytown Park on October 21st or St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church on October 28th? Check out the calendar for specifics about these and many interesting opportunities.
Everyone is invited to attend a new educational event, "Farmer Education/Resource Day", presented by the Maryland Small Farm Cooperative and sponsored by Maryland Cooperative Extension. This is every farmer's opportunity to learn something new and valuable in a day of quality educational lectures and panel discussions. See details about this November 4th event. Check out the Alliance calendar of events for additional workshops and meetings on a wide variety of topics including wetlands, compact development, the aqueducts of Frederick County, American Chestnut research, Environmental Forum for County Commissioner Candidates, and Riverkeeping, to name a few of the many events.
Enjoy the beauty of the fall season and pass along your comments and suggestions to me. Share the news that lots of folks are putting their concerns into action. Thanks for your watershed work!