News from the DNR Office of Communications

Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area To Host Tree Planting

Annapolis, MD (April 26, 2010) — The Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area will host a native tree planting event beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28 at the Friend’s Delight pavilion in Sang Run. Garrett County school students will plant native tree species in an open field near the river to add to the existing riparian buffer and improve the habitat for upland and migrating song birds.

As part of Maryland’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative, this tree planting will help to create, restore, and maintain young forests that have been lost to increased human activity across our State. Birds and other wildlife species rely on young forest habitats throughout their life stages, and planting more trees will support the growth of these species.

“By planting sun-loving shrubs and trees in this area, bird species like the Timberdoodle (American Woodcock) may increase as well as other animal species that thrive in a moist woods environment,” said Ranger Carolyn Mathews, manager of Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area and the Youghiogheny Scenic and Wild River.

The Maryland Park Service acquired the 81-acre Hinebaugh property, which includes the Friend’s Delight picnic pavilion area, in the fall of 2008. The staff spent some time this winter planning activities for summer weekends at the Friend’s Store and a Fall Heritage Festival to be held on the grounds in the fall.

For more information about the tree planting and summer open hours at the Friend’s Store, call the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park at 301-387-7067.

   April 26, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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