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.
Riparian Buffer Retreat
Hundreds and hundreds of native trees and shrubs have been planted by our volunteers. On this morning we'll return to
a previous riparian planting site and work to control any invasive plants which may be affecting the area. Included
will be a short discussion of the benefits of riparian buffer zones. Wear comfortable shoes as we'll be walking a
little farther than usual.
Location: Meet at South Wind Circle.
Contact: Master Gardeners: Aylene Gard at (410) 992-9889, Carol Filipczak at email@example.com, or Jeff Claffy, Assistant Natural Resources Manager, MPEA at (410) 313-6209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the MPEA: Web site: http://www.co.ho.md.us/RAP/RAP_MPEA.htm.
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