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Invasive Vine Trimming & Monarch Activities

  • 09/28/2010
  • 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

CANCELLED due to inclement weather.

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.

Invasive Vine Trimming & Monarch Activities

Invasive plants are impacting the native woody plants associated with the wildlife meadows and our early successional habitat maintenance goals. We'll continue our restoration efforts by removing invasive vines from mature native plants and also from the deer shelters protecting younger specimens. Finally, back by popular demand, we'll have a guest to teach about Monarch butterfly natural history and demonstrations of butterfly capture, tagging, & release methods.

Location: Meet at Trotter Road parking lot

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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