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Greetings! 

Summer 2008

Have you been enjoying fresh locally grown vegetables – perhaps from your backyard garden, farmers’ market, CSA or farm stand? And how do you choose from the bounty of blueberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, apricots and all manner of succulent fruit at our nearby orchards? Yes, summer has arrived and it was worth waiting for!  Although summer eating is hard to beat, how about tubing, canoeing, fishing, walking or biking in or along nearby streams where wildlife sightings surprise and delight?!

Sadly, summer pleasures are not the whole picture.  Invasive critters and plants pose threats in creeks, forests and fields.  Thanks to many collaborators, much of the 43,000 acres of forest threatened by devastating Gypsy moths were sprayed this spring.  Moving our attention from forests to streams, fishermen friends have alerted us to a serious threat to our aquatic life, Didymo or “rock snot” found in the Gunpowder Creek, not far to the east.   Please do all you can to prevent the spread of this destructive aquatic species.

Tough challenges don’t have to prevent action - they can inspire it.  You’ll find much cause for celebration as you read stories on the Alliance website of partners working together on stream restoration in the Bennett, Linganore, and Toms Creek watersheds.  Watershed stewards across the County encourage and inspire us to learn, commit and follow their leads.  Hear about the many projects in Libertytown stewarded by Dan and Earlene Duncan or how Mount St. Mary’s University faculty and students are searching out sources of phosphorus pollution in the Toms Creek watershed and teaching students at Mother Seton and Emmitsburg Elementary about stream ecology.  You may be interested to learn that Citizens for a Green Mt. Airy is partnering to offer rain barrels to area residents.

Would you like to know more about how to identify native plants at the nearby Waterford Park in Frederick or how to use conservation practices in a horse operationThe Farm Field Day at Fox Haven Farm on July 12th was fun and informative and you may want to join an agricultural bus tour of conservation practices at alpaca, beef and horse farms in early August?  Check out our Calendar for these and other events. .  And don’t forget the Great Frederick Fair in September where Alliance partners staff a booth with lots of cool information and connections.

Thanks for all you are doing to improve the health of Frederick County’s watersheds!

Sincerely,                    

Kay Schultz
Community Restoration Coordinator

www.watershed-alliance.com