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Menacing the Mile-a-Minute

  • 06/22/2010
  • 9:00 AM - 11:29 AM
  • Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Howard County, Trotter Road Entrance

Sponsoring Organizations: Howard County Recreation and Parks and Howard County Master Gardeners

The Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA), established in 1996, is 1,021 acres in size and contains a diversity of habitat types. There are upland and bottomland hardwood forest, fields, wetlands, ponds, and riparian habitats. The primary components of the MPEA's mission are natural resources management, education, research and recreation.

The Conservation Stewardship Project, a joint program of the Howard County Recreation & Parks and the Howard County Master Gardeners, targets the problem of controlling invasive, exotic species in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Volunteer work dates occur monthly from March through November, skipping July & August. Each date includes an educational component concerning the target invasive species or target work area for the day.

Menacing the Mile-a-Minute

Non-native, invasive plants are a real threat to our havitat restoration efforts. Mile-a minute vine, amoung several other invasive species, is the worst offender of the trails and meadows in the Woodcock Habitat Management Area. Come out and assist us in removing vines from various places within our meadow areas. Time allowing, we'll either have a guest speaker knowledgeable on meadow flowers or we'll visit one of the test sites for biological control of Mile-a-minute vine.

Driving Directions:

From U.S. 29 at 32: Take 32 west to the Great Star Drive exit. Turn right onto Great Star Drive. Then make a right onto Summer Sunrise. Continue to Trotter Road and make a left. Proceed about 1 mile to the parking area on the right just beyond the small traffic circle.

From U.S. 29 at 108: Take 108 west and continue past Centennial Lane. Proceed past Harpers Farm Road to Trotter Road and make a left. Continue to the parking area on the left. If you reach the small traffic circle, you've gone too far.

Contact: Master Gardeners: Aylene Gard at (410) 992-9889, Carol Filipczak at, or Jeff Claffy, Assistant Natural Resources Manager, MPEA at (410) 313-6209 or

More information about the MPEA: Web site:

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