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.
We haven't seen the last of the Japanese barberry. It will take several events every year to get the plant back
under control. Using the same techniques we practiced back in March we'll keep digging and uprooting these unwelcome
intruders of natural areas. Work will occur along trail corridors in the heavily infested areas. Spine-proof gloves
are a must!
Location: Meet at Trotter Road parking lot
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 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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