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Winter 2013

Spring 2013

Protect

  • Protecting your home from wildfire (Part II) - There are things that can be done around the house to further prevent wildfires. There are also things that homeowners can do around their property to help minimize the chance of having property damaged or destroyed in the event of a fire.

  • Spring Stream Clean-ups - The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has been connecting the public to their local outdoor space through Project Clean Stream for 10 years. The program culminates in a unified day of service when volunteers spend a few hours outside cleaning trash from parks, rivers and streams or otherwise improving their communities. 

  • Challenge Launched to Make Streams Clean, Sustainable - The city of Brunswick, the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and the city of Frederick, along with two nonprofits, will be getting matching grants to plant trees and shrubs along streams. Some of those plantings will begin this spring.

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Restore

  • Take Advantage of the Neighborhood Green program and upcoming workshop! - For the past three years, Frederick County has collaborated with Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance partners to offer the Neighborhood Green program. This program provides landowners with the knowledge and tools needed to convert unused lawn to forest. By converting portions of lawn to forest or hedgerows, landowners can save money in energy costs, encourage wildlife viewing, create privacy and sound buffers, and provide their local community with water and air quality benefits.

  • Backyard Buffers Program 2013 -The Potomac Watershed Partnership, in cooperation with the Maryland DNR Forest Service, present the Backyard Buffers Program. This program is designed to assist homeowners who have a stream or other waterway on or adjacent to their property to create a streamside buffer of native trees and shrubs.

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Enjoy

  • Give the Gift of Trees! -You may be interested in this unique gift idea... Maryland Department of Natural Resources' TREE-Mendous Maryland program offers an option to have native trees planted in Honor or Memory of family and friends, to celebrate Holidays, birthdays, and to observe other special occasions. The Gift of Trees is actually three gifts - one to someone you care for, one to future generations, and one to the environment.
     
  • Springtime Fun for Families - Spring is a great time of year to get the family outside to enjoy warmer temperatures, birds singing, and flowers blooming. There are a number of fun events planned for all ages during the month of April and May that will allow you and your family members to appreciate all the wonderful natural beauty that springtime brings...

  • Feature Event: w/ Will Allen, Urban Farmer & Author of The Good Food Revolution - In April, Frederick Reads welcomes pioneering urban farmer Will Allen, author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities.  Already hailed as an eco-classic, The Good Food Revolution tells the fascinating story of Allen’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and an incredible grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.  

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Connect

  • New Smartphone Apps for Tree ID & Invasive Species Mapping - Virginia Tech has a new app available for Android and Iphone smartphones that conveniently brings award winning Virginia Tech digital dendrology material to you. The app contains fact sheets for 969 woody plants from all over North America with an in depth description, range map and thousands of color images of leaves, flowers, fruit, twigs, bark and form.

  • Community Tree Planting Grants - There is grant funding available for community tree planting, whether it be planting trees in your own yard, an HOA open space, or a nearby park. 

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Educate

  • Trout in the Classroom & Tree Planting at Catoctin Mountain Park - On Saturday, April 6th, five local middle school science classes will visit Catoctin Mountain park for a tree planting next to Little Hunting Creek, a cold water trout stream. The students participating in the event are part of Trout in the Classroom, a program that provides kids with the experience of raising rainbow trout from eggs to fingerlings (minnow size) before they are released into designated streams.

  • Bay 101 Video: Striped Bass - Fisheries Specialist Andrew Turner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office/Versar explains the importance of striped bass, or "rockfish," and shows up unique features of the Bay's iconic fish species.

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Study

  • New Geologic Map Released for Westernmost Maryland Counties - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has created a new geological map for Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties, that will not only provide information on the region’s geology, but guide decisions about the wise use of its landscape and natural resources.

  • TU uses new data to protect brook trout - If you’re a bona fide creek freak who loves to chase Appalachia’s native brookies in the waters where they belong, you’ll be glad to know that the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture—a collaborative group of agencies and organizations like Trout Unlimited committed to protecting and restoring our brookies—is planning to monitor brook trout populations along the Eastern Seaboard at a finer scale than it has before. At a November workshop in West Virginia, EBTJV members got a preview of this new approach, which identifies brook trout populations per square mile, as opposed to every 30 square miles as it has done before.

  • Thousand Cankers Disease - Thousand Cankers Disease is a recently-discovered disease complex, affecting most walnut species, including our native Black Walnut (Juglans nigra).  The disease is caused by the Geosmithia morbida fungus, which is transported by the Walnut Twig Beetle.  First discovered in Colorado in 2001, the disease has since spread to Tennessee in 2010, and to Virginia and Pennsylvania in 2011.  This disease has caused almost 100% mortality among infected trees in Colorado, leading to fears that it has the potential to decimate the Black Walnut population.

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Summer 2013

Protect

  • Protecting your home from wildfire (Part II) - With a minimum of planning and a day of work, you can help protect your home against the threat of wildfire. 

  • The Importance of Pollinator Gardens - Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are important food for people and wildlife. The seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population.

  • Treeshelters: Are They Worth It, and if so, When Should They Be Removed? - Frederick County plants thousands of seedlings each year in tree shelters. Many citizens have asked why these shelters are necessary. They are much more expensive than the seedlings themselves, and some may find them unsightly. However, we have found that these shelters are necessary for good survival rates of hardwood seedlings (coniferous seedlings do not require shelters).

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Restore

  • Neighborhood Green 2013 program update - Our foresters will work on planting plans for many landowners that are interested in reforesting portions of their unused lawn.  When the plans are completed, the landowners will have the opportunity to submit a cost-share application for review by our Neighborhood Green committee and potentially receive substantial cost-share for their projects.

  • Bioretention Resources & Video - The Center for Watershed Protection's Watershed Manager Bryan Seipp recently installed an innovative project - the Froelich Park Regenerative Step Pool Stormwater Conveyance Demonstration Project. This kind of project can help communities meet water quality goals and reduce peak storm flows, which reduces localized stream bank erosion.

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Enjoy

  • Give the Gift of Trees! - You may be interested in this unique gift idea... Maryland Department of Natural Resources' TREE-Mendous Maryland program offers an option to have native trees planted in Honor or Memory of family and friends, to celebrate Holidays, birthdays, and to observe other special occasions.

  • Students Plant Trees & Learn About Riparian Buffers at Catoctin Mountain Park - Trout Unlimited and Stream-Link Education partnered with Catoctin Mountain Park to have students plant trees along Big Hunting Creek and Owens Creek in 2013.  The group received a grant from Maryland’s Stream Restoration Challenge, which provided funding for the trees and tree shelters.

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Connect

  • Tree ID & Invasive Species Mapping Apps - Virginia Tech has a new app available for Android and Iphone smartphones that conveniently brings award winning Virginia Tech digital dendrology material to you. The app contains fact sheets for 969 woody plants from all over North America with an in depth description, range map and thousands of color images of leaves, flowers, fruit, twigs, bark and form.

  • Rain Barrel Sources for Summer! - Although we've had plenty of storms this summer, it's always a good idea to have a backup water source for your outdoor gardens and flower beds. Rain barrels allow you to use water collected during earlier storms in times of hot, dry weather.

  • Maryland BIG TREES website - There are HUGE trees in Maryland and in our very own Frederick County! In fact, the second largest tree in the state can be found in Frederick County- an American Sycamore in Union Bridge.

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Educate

  • New Fines Established and No Dumping Signs Installed at Bridges - In May of this year, the Frederick County Highway Operations Department installed identification signs and No Dumping signs, complete with the warning of a $30,000 fine, on the remaining eight (8) Frederick County Monocacy River bridges that lacked signage.

  • NEW Watershed Fact Sheets - Between 2008 and 2011, scientists visited 200 sites throughout Frederick County to collect important information including the amount of forest along stream banks, the amount of stream bank erosion, levels of particular pollutants in the water, stream bug samples, and more.

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Study

  • WEEDS! ID & Manage Them - Over time we've been learning which plants survive better in bioretention projects, which types of planting plans require the least amount of maintenance, and which types of planting plans are best for highly-visible sites.We are taking note of how often maintenance should occur at different projects, and how much that maintenance may cost.

  • 2013 Trout In the Classroom Update - During the 2012-2013 school-year, seventeen schools in Frederick County participated in the Trout in the Classroom program.  This was an increase of four schools from the previous year. 

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Fall 2013

Protect

Frederick County protects 105 acre farm - The Frederick Board of County Commissioners voted recently to approve the purchase of an agricultural preservation easement on a 105-acre farm owned by Michael, Richard and Debra Stambaugh located on Hoovers Mill Road near Thurmont, Md.

Emerald Ash Borer discovered in Frederick County, MD - Tom Lupp, Entomologist with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has reported that emerald ash borer adults were found on a trap in Frederick County earlier this month.

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Restore

Now accepting nominations for the 2013 Waste Reduction and Recycling Award  - The Waste Reduction and Recycling Award is an annual Frederick County Government program designed to recognize organizations that have reduced their impact on the local waste stream.

•Monocacy River tire clean-up - On Saturday, July 20, 2013, the Monocacy Scenic River Board partnered with the Water Rescue Team from  the Junior Fire Company No. 2 (North Market Street) to remove tires and debris from the Monocacy River. 

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Enjoy

Recycle your fishing line  - Monofilament recycling stations have been assembled and installed at popular fishing locations around Frederick County.

Seasons 101 program at Catoctin Mountain Park - This is a new program that is an adventure into the Catoctin Mountains for youth from Frederick City.  

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Connect.

Guide to stormwater for homeowners  - The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance) is pleased to launch an online resource dedicated to helping homeowners and businesses take charge of stormwater runoff. 

Get up close with fish - Volunteers and park staff at Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center got to see the fish of Catoctin Creek up-close and personal recently. Two staff members from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and about 10 volunteers helped the nature center’s staff identify different species in its first fish survey on July 13. 

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Educate

Frederick County Forestry Board helps scouts earn forestry merit badge - On Saturday, September 14th, ninety-five Boy Scouts from as far away as Prince Georges County, Maryland arrived at the Frederick City Watershed in Walkersville to participate in a half-day Forestry Merit Badge workshop hosted by the Frederick County Forestry Board. 

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Study

  • Non-native Reptiles & Amphibians recently found in Maryland - African Spur-thighed Tortoises, Geochelone sulcata, were found in three blocks in Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Montgomery counties. These are popular in the pet trade and were likely released or escaped pets. 

  • Planting a Successful Riparian Buffer - I have been involved with over 500 miles of riparian buffer plantings and have witnessed plenty of failures and successes.  I would like to share with you what I believe is the recipe for success, that being tree canopy closure in ten years.

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Winter 2013

Protect

  • Frederick City Watershed Update - The Frederick Municipal Watershed is a 7,022 acre property owned by the City of Frederick. The property is located on the east side of Catoctin Mountain, 6 miles northwest of the City of Frederick.

  • Frederick County Conserves 129 Acres of Agricultural Land- The Board of County Commissioners recently approved the purchase of an agricultural preservation easement on a 129-acre farm owned by William Kemp located on Elmer Derr Road near Jefferson, Md.

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Restore

  • Urbana Community Park Bioretention Project  - In November 2013, Frederick County Office of Sustainability & Environmental Resources worked with Fayetteville Contractors, Inc. to install a bioretention project at Urbana Community Park. 

  • Maryland's new Lawn to Woodland Program - Governor Martin O’Malley has announced an exciting new stewardship program to help Marylanders who own one to four acres of land convert unused lawn to forest cover at no cost. 

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Enjoy

  • MCWA- 2013 in review - This past December, the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance met for the annual holiday potluck event. Partners brought delicious appetizers, side dishes, main courses and desserts to enjoy while we listened and watched a slide show of many of the 2013 accomplishments shared between our Alliance members.

  • Crestwood Middle School Riparian Buffer Project - Taylor Schuman, OSER’s most recent Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer, led riparian buffer curriculum lessons and a planting project in October 2013 at Crestwood Middle School in Frederick, MD. 

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Connect

  • NEW! Community Restoration Online Tour - Frederick County's Office of Sustainability & Environmental Resources staff has been active in implementing community restoration projects throughout Frederick County for many years. This year the County developed an interactive on-line tour to provide citizens the opportunity to view and learn more about these projects from the convenience of their personal computers.

  • New Guide Offers Bay Restoration Strategies for Citizens - For those who want to play a role in restoring bay health comes the Citizens Guide to Restoring the Bay. The new, reader-friendly guide from the Maryland Department of Planning dishes up dozens of strategies for residents, developers, farmers and others interested in helping reduce nitrogen and phosphorus runoff and sediment build-up.

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Educate

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Study

  • NEW Urban Wetlands Program Report - This report outlines the study’s variables, establishes methods, defines initial hypotheses, and presents findings from the six years of the study in the Bennett Creek watershed.

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