Potomac Chapter Members Join National Aquarium Conservation Team to Restore Vital Habitats for People and Wildlife

Do you enjoy getting outdoors and helping with local conservation efforts? If so, the Conservation Team at the National Aquarium in Baltimore sponsors a series of events throughout the spring. Upcoming activities are listed below. If interested, register directly through the Aquarium's website.

 

Fort McHenry Field Day
Saturday, April 28, 10 am to 1 pm Join the National Aquarium's Conservation Team for a field day at the Fort McHenry wetland!

Living Shoreline Planting at Cox's Point Park May 11 and 12, 10 am to 2 pm | Friday, May 18, 10 am to 2 pm Help plant wetland grasses to restore the shoreline at Cox's Point Park in Dundalk.

Trail Maintenance Skills Workshop Sunday May 20

Ambassador Whitehouse Trail, Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia

We will be teaching the skills required for basic trail maintenance. Clipping, blazing, cleaning water bars, rolling grade dips construction, and other tread maintenance. This workshop teaches the skills trail maintainers should have.

Where to MeetWe meet at the access road at Ashby Gap, south side of Route 50, just west of top of gap. If you are going west on 50 over the gap turn left into the first median crossover just after the height of the gap, go straight across into a  gravel driveway, just to the right of a small commercial building/parking lot. Please be on time. When we leave we lock the gate behind us. AWTHidden Access Road meeting Location. Do not go to Sky Meadows entry, that’s the wrong location! Facilities:  No rest rooms. Meet at 8:45, we will leave at 09:00.I expect to be out 4 hours.

To Bring

 Water 3-4 liters. More if hot.

 Snacks, lunch,  bug spray, sun screen, work clothes, work gloves.

 Work or hiking boots. Sneakers or trail running shoes are not appropriate for trail work.

Rain gear if weather looks damp.

 Any medications that might be needed, inhaler, epi pen, etcetera.

 It is tick season, make sure to bring DEET and/or pre-treat clothing with permethrin!!

 Clippers and safety glasses if you have them.

 I will provide tools, paint, hard hats, safety glasses. Hard hats and safety glasses will be required.

We will discuss trail work safety, then hike in and discuss trail maintenance and work to resolve some typical trail problems. This is a work and teaching trip so come prepared to clip and dig.

Sign up link: https://goo.gl/forms/Yu8qorp3hs54kwR73

Questions? Robert@Fina-co.com

Robert Fina, PATC, District Manager, Bull Run Occoquan Trail

 

 

Contact the Conservation Committee Chair at Conservation@AMCPotomac.org to:

  • Join the Conservation Committee and help engage chapter members in conservation activities
     
  • Find out more on any issues listed on this page
     
  • Send suggestions or ask questions.

Local Conservation News

Members of AMC's Potomac Chapter helped celebrate National Public Lands on September 30th by working alongside members of the National Aquarium's Conservation Team. They helped remove debris from the marsh and enhanced the area with beneficial native plant gardens. Data collected during the event was contributed to the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup efforts.