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MNPS Field Trip: Euclid Woods Spring Flora, Tree ID and Forest Restoration Survey (Saturday)

  • 04/15/2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cheverly, MD

Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society

This is the April 2017 spring flora, tree identification and forest restoration survey.

We will survey the biodiversity of a reclaimed woodland that has gone through multiple transformations over the last couple of centuries. The remaining species richness among trees is surprisingly robust and the conservation efforts of the past decade have restored the stratification of natural forest succession that allows the proliferation of habitable niches.  We will observe the regeneration of the woody substory, scrub and herbaceous layers and identify the wide variety of vegetation putting out shoots, leafing out and budding or blooming in each layer. We will also consider the role an adjacent stream plays in the ecology of the area as both a habitat in itself and as a wildlife corridor uniting natural areas.

Leader: Matt Salo, forest steward for Euclid Woods since 2007.



Notes:  This is a relatively easy walk, with only slight differences in elevation. There are no formal trails; instead, we will follow natural wildlife trails cleared of major obstacles. In case of inclement weather, the make-up date will be on the following Sunday, April 30, at the same time. Call

Bring:You will need sturdy footgear, long pants and sleeves are strongly recommended. No ticks or mosquitoes have been encountered yet, but if you want to be prepared, bring an insect repellent with DEET. Binoculars will come in handy, hand lens and camera are optional. Ditto for plant and bird guides.

Cancellation Policy: Trip will go in light drizzle; canceled if heavy rain.

Contact: (for additional information; not to register)
Matt Salo: 301­-341­-1261, for additional information. After 9 a.m. on the day of the walk call 202-374-6954.

Directions:  Euclid Woods portion of the Euclid Neighborhood Park in Cheverly, MD.  Approach Cheverly from either south or north on B-W Parkway; take the exit for Cheverly onto Rte. 202 (Landover Rd), head east a few hundred feet and turn right onto Cheverly Ave heading south. Watch out for a speed camera on your left.  Continue for six blocks to Forest Rd, after a small park on your left; turn right on Forest Rd and continue three blocks until the road splits; stay to the right where the road continues straight ahead as Greenleaf Rd. Go for two more blocks passing Crest and Tremont Avenues. Entrance to the Woods can be accessed from 5607 Greenleaf Rd. Park anywhere on street, but take care not to block anyone’s driveway. 

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