Upcoming Restoration Events in Maryland

Did you know forested streamside buffers (a.k.a. "riparian buffers") have been scientifically proven to be the most effective and least costly best management practice for preventing pollution of our rivers and streams?

Severn River Watershed Tree Planting

Register NowSaturday, September 10, 2016
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Jabez Branch
Gambrills, MD

Registration Required
Help CBF and partner organizations plant shrubs and wetland grasses at the former Naval Academy dairy farm! Sunrise Farm is an 800 acre farm, the largest organic farm in the State of Maryland. Volunteers will plant a newly graded wetland in what was a wet, less productive, corn and soy bean field. The new wetland filters nutrient and sediment runoff from the adjacent farm fields. This wetland drains to Jabez Branch, the last remaining naturally reproducing trout stream in Maryland's coastal plain. Come learn about the restoration master plan CBF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have completed for the farm. 

Project partners include Maryland Sunrise Farm farmers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District. Funding for this event and for future restoration projects on the farm are through the Trust Fund provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

 

Liberty Reservoir Watershed Tree Planting

Register NowSaturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Morgan Run
Westminster, MD

Registration Required
Volunteers will gather to plant shrubs and wetland grasses for a recently constructed wetland at Chestnut Creek Farm. Learn about Chestnut Creek's sustainable grass-based farm where sheep, beef cattle, and heritage pigs rotationally graze in pastures. The farmer converted cornfields to permanent pasture for his animals, which has resulted in substantial water quality improvements. The wetland drains to Morgan Run, a cold water stream supporting naturally reproducing trout, and the Liberty Reserviour, which in turn flows to the Patapsco River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. 

Project partners include the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Carroll County Soil Conservation District. This event is part of the Maryland Day to Serve Program. 

 

Monocacy River Watershed Tree Planting

Register NowFriday, October 7, 2016
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Double Pipe Creek
Westminster, MD

Registration Required
Join CBF to plant 500 native trees and shrubs to restore 1,000 feet of streamside forest buffer. This new buffer will help filter and clean runoff from adjacent farm fields and reduce stream bank erosion into this first-order stream system in the Monocacy River watershed. The mix of native tree and shrub species like sycamores, maples, oaks, dogwoods, alders, and chokeberry are all great for wildlife habitat!  

 

Monocacy River Watershed Tree Planting

Register NowSaturday, October 29, 2016
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Israel Creek

Woodsboro, MD

Registration Required
Help CBF plant over 1,000 trees and shrubs along Israel Creek on a beef cattle farm in Frederick County. The farmer recently installed additional fencing to widen a grass buffer along the stream and volunteers will restore this area to a forested stream buffer. Approximately 5,000 feet of stream banks will be planted resulting is six acres of new riparian buffer. The farm is a sustainable grass-based farm, where cattle are rotationally grazed on pastures. Israel Creek is in the Monocacy River watershed which flows to the Potomac River then to the Chesapeake Bay. 

This project is part of CBF's partnership with WGL Energy and Sterling Planet to sequester carbon through restoring forested stream buffers. The Frederick County Soil Conservation District provided technical assistance on the stream crossings and water troughs for the cows. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provided funding for the stream fencing and part of the water troughs. WGL Energy and Sterling Planet provided funding for the plant material.

 

Antietam Creek Watershed Tree Planting

Register NowSaturday, November 5, 2016
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Little Antietam Creek

Smithsburg, MD

Registration Required
Join CBF to finish the final stages of this stream restoration project on Little Antietam Creek. The project has been under construction for months and involved removing an old mill dam and installing structures to stabilize the bottom of and provide habitat in this cold water trout stream. Volunteers will install live stakes consisting of willow cuttings as well as native trees and shrubs. Learn about stream restoration techniques used throughout the region by touring this recently completed project and lend your hand for the final touches. 

Project partners include the Washington County Soil Conservation District, Antietam- Conococheague Watershed Alliance and the Antietam Fly Fishers. Construction of the stream restoration project was through USDA EQIP and the Chesapeake Bay Trust provided funding for the plant material.

 

For information about upcoming Baltimore events, please visit http://www.cbf.org/events/baltimore-upcoming.
For information about upcoming events on Maryland's Eastern Shore, please visit http://www.cbf.org/events/md-eastern-shore/.

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