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MNPS members receive notices of pending legislation or where letter writing or phone calls to elected officials are required.

Other organizations have good mailing lists also. Below are links to a few organizations' web pages where you can find information on subscribing to these e-mail lists.

You can also attend events such as open houses for planning and zoning departments of state and local governments, and express your concerns. See State and Local Government Events.

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  • 07/21/2013 9:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    County Council to cast votes on tree bills on July 23rd

    Please contact the Council TODAY with a final note to speak up for the trees.  Tell them trees matter in our neighborhoods!
    The 9-member County Council will cast their votes on the urban tree canopy bill (Bill 35-12) and the Streets and Roadside Trees Bill (Bill 41-12) on Tuesday, July 23rd.  At least 5 Council Members must vote in favor of the bills in order for them to become law. Your voice is important!
    Please call the Council at 240-777-7900 and write the entire Council at Email sent to that address will go to all 9 Council members.  Or write them via snail-mail at 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.  Ask for YES votes on both tree bills so that tree canopy lost can be protected or replaced.
  • 03/04/2012 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MNPS received an undated copy of a letter from that the Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the proposed Cross County Connector (in Charles County) -- the CCC -- does not comply with Corps regulations.
    Brief summary of the ACE's evaluation of the CCC:
    • Proposed project would have a direct adverse impact on non-tidal forested wetlands; stream channels and waterways; fish and wildlife; and water quality
    • There are potential practicable alternatives, such as utilizing existing roads
    • May result in substantial cumulative adverse impacts to Mattawoman Creek
    • The proposal has been determined to be contrary to the public interest
  • 10/12/2011 9:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Action Alert!

    Open House: Charles County Comprehensive Plan

    Wednesday    October 19   5 pm – 8 pm

    County presentation at 7 PM
    La Plata High School
    6035 Radio Station Road

    Don’t Miss It!!
    This is your chance to voice support for Scenario 1,the land-use scenario that: 
    * Creates a foundation for sustainable development
    * Protects Mattawoman Creek’s declining health
    * Ensures the economic vitality of the County
    * Is the better choice for Charles County
    For More Information:

  • 03/21/2011 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Volunteers are needed to observe local pollinators of spring beauty (Claytonia virginica and Claytonia caroliniana). If you are interested in observing and learning about the pollinators of these native plants visit To volunteer, please email Alison Parker at with your name and location. They will get in touch with you soon with more information!

    This project aims to document changing pollinator populations - by monitoring the insects that visit spring beauty throughout the eastern US, we can determine how pollinator communities change depending on the year, the location, and the season.  This information will help us better understand the biology of native pollinators, as well as help us determine the best way to evaluate their value for native plant reproduction. At the same time, you will learn more about the native bees and flies visiting our early spring flora, and spend some time outdoors during the lovely spring weather.
    To help, you need to be able to get to a patch of our study plants, Claytonia virginica and Claytonia caroliniana, which are easily found throughout the Eastern US and southeastern Ontario. We’ll help you learn to distinguish the plants and pollinators, and assist you with questions along the way. We ask for about 2 hours of observations over the course of three weeks, all during sunny weather. As you observe, you’ll fill out data sheets (which we will provide), which you will then mail or email to us along with any comments or concerns. 

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