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2006 Articles


Winter 2006

Protect

  • Watershed Steward: Bill McCall - In 2003, Bill McCall entered the CREP and has utilized the initative to fence his cattle out of Israel Creek and plant over 23 acres of trees.
  • Marsh Creek Watershed Protection Project - The Adams County Conservation District used funds from a Community Environmental Project grant to install BMPs to manage manure and stormwater runoff, install stream bank fencing, as well as purchase over 1,000 acres in conservation easements.

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Restore

  • Restoring Ballenger Creek - Frederick County Division of Public works teamed up with the Frederick County Public Schools to restore approximately 500 feet of stream behind the Ballenger Creek Elementary School.

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Connect

  • Volunteer Power Impacts Libertytown - Volunteers throughout Libertytown came out to help install restoration projects aimed to improve water quality in local creeks. Projects were installed at Liberty Elementary School, Libertytown Park, and St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.
  • Frederick County Environmental Action Candidates' Forum - A student led forum funded by Youth Service America and Civil Society Institute to educate citizens in Frederick County on environmental issues and the viewpoints of the candidates running for the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners.

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Enjoy

  • The First Annual American Chestnut Restoration Feast - This feast was held to raise money for the Maryland Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. The American Chestnut Foundation works on a genetic level to help cross breed American Chestnuts with the blight-resistant Chinese tree.
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count - This annual event and other volunteer citizen science programs provide information that helps the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon prioritize their bird conservation activities. 

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Educate

  • New Grant Promotes "Native PlantScaping" - ThorpeWood recently was awarded a grant to offer buyers of new homes a more healthy landscape alternative using native species ideally suited to Frederick County's climate.

  • Walnut Collection - Learn what happens to the walnuts you collect each fall for the Maryland Forest Service.

  • The Nitrogen Cycle and Trees - Trees like all living organisms need various nutrients to grow and survive.  A tree will obtain these elements from the soil, water, or the atmosphere.  Of all of the elements necessary for tree growth the one nutrient that is most often in short supply is nitrogen (N2).

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Study

  • Tree Growth Field Trial at Monocacy National Resources Management Area (NRMA) - A seedling growth field trial was initiated at Monocacy NRMA in 2004 to monitor the development and survival of seedlings under four different growing conditions: growing without any type of protection, growing in tree shelters at a 10’ x 10’, growing in tree shelters at a 20’ x 20’ spacing, and growing inside deer fencing.
  • Study Prioritizes Linganore Sites - How do you identify sites to target with restoration action in a watershed that encompasses 91.7 square miles?  It is a multi-step process that involves reviewing existing data, collecting and evaluating new data and researching potential causes of environmental problems.
  • Saving Brook Trout in the Monocacy and Catoctin Watersheds - The Monocacy, Catoctin and Antietam watersheds are lucky to support a native species of fish called the brook trout.  Brook trout are the only native trout in our region.  They serve as a real indicator of the health of our waterways and have been on the decline for over a hundred years.  A local initiative is giving local folks resources to protect and restore brook trout populations and habitat in our area.

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Fall 2006

Protect

  • Strong Interest in Agricultural Preservation - Twenty applications that would protect farms totaling more than 2,000 acres were submitted for a popular Agricultural Preservation Program, the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) program.
  • Soil Held in Place with Cover Crop Program - The state’s new cover crop program will help stem the loss of soil on 38,125 acres of cropland between the harvest of summer crops and the establishment of next season’s crops.

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Restore

  • Clover Hill Residents Help Restore Tuscarora Creek - Members of Clover hill community are enjoying the fruits of their labor as native trees and shrubs attract wildlife, provide shade, absorb pollution, slow down storm water and add to the beauty of their park and grounds.  Theirs is the first homeowner association with a certified “Bay-Wise” Landscape, a program that provides a free consultation with a team of Master Gardeners for the Bay-Wise Yardstick Landscape Management program.

  • Thurmont and Brunswick Wastewater Plants get New Nutrient Limits - Wastewater treatment plants serving the towns of Brunswick and Thurmont are the first to receive renewed permits that include stringent new requirements for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus in Maryland.

  • Urbana High School Slated for Innovative LID Project - Frederick County Division of Public Works is teaming up with the Frederick County Public Schools to install LID projects to treat stormwater at Urbana High School.
  • Transformation Underway at Waterford Park - The Friends of Waterford Park (FWP) is working toward transforming Rock Creek and Waterford parks, 18.5 acres of City property between Baughman's Lane and Route 15 just south of Rosemont Avenue, into a welcoming environment for people and for wildlife.

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Connect

  • Champion Red Elm - This National Champion is 95 feet tall, has a crown spread of 95 feet, and is 17 feet 10 inches in circumference.
  • Summer Creek Farm Moves to BioDiesel - 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.

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Enjoy

  • Monarch Migration Fiesta! - Local citizens gathered to learn about Monarch butterflies and release some recently emerged Monarchs to begin their 2,000 mile journey to the high mountain oyamel forests of Mexico for a winter rest.
  • The Great Frederick Fair 2006!!! - For the third year in a row, the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance hosted a booth in the City Streets, County Roads exhibit at the end of Machinery Row.

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Educate

  • Tree Check Up - Most people will walk around their car, giving it a visual inspection or have a trained mechanic look at it before taking a long trip.   But how many of us have walked around the trees in their yard or common area  inspecting their condition, or had a trained tree care professional  “arborist”  look at their trees?

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Study

  • Alien Plants Threatening Watershed - Japanese hops is an exotic invasive plant, related to the hops used in beer.  Humulus japonicus is native to eastern Asia and is sometimes used in Chinese herbal medicines.  It was brought into the USA for this reason, and has also been planted for ornamental purposes.

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Summer 2006

Protect

  • Maryland 2006-2007 Cover Crop Program - The states new cover crop program can help by making grants to farmers who plant cover crops of wheat, rye, barley, or other small grains following fall harvest of summer crops.

  • Protecting Our Natural Resources Landscapes through Conservation Agreements - Under what circumstances might a landowner enter into a Conservation Agreement for their property?  Each property is unique.  Each landowner’s circumstances and goals differ.  To properly match conservation strategies with individual properties and landowner circumstances requires a thorough understanding of conservation tools.

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  • The Audubon Society of Central Maryland - The Audubon Society of Central Maryland (ASCM) owns and manages two wildlife sanctuaries in Frederick County’s Linganore Creek watershed. These sanctuaries are former farmland which is now managed to provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.

  • Trail gets Ramp Markers - Community Commons, a nonprofit organization, has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, a program of the park service, to create a water trail along the river as it runs through Frederick County. The project identifies 20 places where people are permitted to access the river in a guide.

  • Conservation Club Fun - On June 10th the Frederick County Conservation Club kicked off its new water quality educational program.

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Study

  • A "Greening" of Catoctin Mountain Park - Throughout the summer, green is the dominant color of Catoctin Mountain Park as it is mostly covered by eastern hardwood forest.  And it just got even greener! The parking area at Park Headquarters has been converted from asphalt to turf block.

  • Chestnut Inoculation Clinic - A Milestone for ThorpeWood Orchard - ThorpeWood volunteers and staff participated in a Chestnut Inoculation Clinic June 8th that takes the most advanced trees in ThorpeWood’s American chestnut orchard to the next level of the American Chestnut Foundation’s backcross breeding program.

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Spring 2006

Protect

  • Common Sense Solutions for our Vanishing Sense of Place - Land is the stage upon which we live our lives.  It is the setting for countless hours of work and play.  In some cases, it has been handed down through families for generations – a living album of family history.  Land is also disappearing with alarming speed, resulting in unchecked sprawl, diminished water quality and wildlife habitat, the loss of treasured landscapes, and perhaps ultimately, a decline in our sense of place.
  • Saving ‘Hallowed Ground’ and Irreplaceable Vistas - Catoctin Land Trust Helps Preserve Open Space - Few corridors in America have witnessed more history than the 175 miles from Charlottesville, Va., to Gettysburg, Pa. Lying in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains, this corridor contains innumerable, invaluable and irreplaceable historic and natural assets. Battlefields, covered bridges, and historic homes and farms line the route.

  • Farm Preservation Falling Short of Goal - The Frederick County Commissioners' goal to permanently preserve 100,000 acres of county farmland by 2020 is not likely to be met. It's not that the money isn't available to purchase easements, but farmers don't seem to be willing to limit the use of their land in that way.

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Restore

  • Initiative Under Way to Help Restore Maryland's Native Brook Trout - The disappearance of the brook trout started with the runoff from the timber cutting that opened the stream to the sun, warming the water, and to silt that smothered the gravel needed for spawning. It became final when mine water began seeping into the stream, lowering the pH to a level unsuitable for brook trout and most other forms of aquatic life.

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Connect

  • Arboretum at Frederick County's Earth and Space Science Laboratory - As part of Frederick County Board of Education’s commitment to providing quality educational experiences Jeff Grill, Co-Director of the Earth and Space Science Laboratory initiated the development of an Arboretum on the campus of South Frederick Elementary School during the fall of 2003.

  • Growing Seeds to Trees - Fourteen schools in Frederick County have taken on the challenge of starting a Seed Growout Station on their school grounds. Seeds of native trees are collected and planted in containers that placed in nursery beds.

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Educate

  • An Urban Nutrient Management Forum: “From Our Backyards to the
    Bay”
    - More than 70 participated in the Urban Nutrient Management Forum sponsored by the Middle Potomac Tributary Team at Montgomery College, Germantown Campus on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005.

  • Move Towards a Low Salt Diet for Our Landscapes, Creeks, and Rivers! -Snow, ice or freezing rain hits our area about 15 days a season, on average.  Although some of us enjoy the wintry mix, secure in warm homes, others must get to work, school or other obligations. How can we establish safe footing around our homes and businesses without polluting our streams?

  • Natural Resources Careers Conference-APPLY NOW!!!!! - The Frederick County Forestry Board is accepting applications for the annual Natural Resources Careers Conference to be held at Camp Hickory Environmental Center from Sunday July 23 – Saturday July 29, 2006.

  • The Trouble with Tree Topping - For about 30 years now, plant scientists and knowledgeable arborists have considered topping to be an unacceptable tree pruning method -- it is actually the most harmful thing someone can do to a tree short of cutting the whole thing down.

  • Frederick County Forests - Frederick County is blessed with a multitude of tree species having a mixture of deciduous (hardwood) and coniferous (softwood) trees that rivals most areas in the country.  This tree diversity is as a result of our location, climate, diverse topographic features, soils, and land use history. 

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Study

  • Evaluating Effectiveness of Stream Channel Protection: 2003-2004 Results - In 2000, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) adopted new requirements for all developments in the 2000 Maryland Stormwater Design Manual. The Manual was developed in an effort to protect stream channels from the effects of stormwater runoff. MDE now requires Counties to monitor the effectiveness of the standards set forth in the Manual. In order to meet this requirement, Frederick County Government along with one of their consultants, Versar, Inc., began a multi-year study of the Manual in 2003.

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