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Woodland Speaker Series Set For Baltimore County

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Cockeysville, Md. (March 30, 2012) - Central Maryland landowners are invited to attend a spring workshop series that will focus on woodland health and stewardship. The workshop will consist of three sessions starting in mid April and will take place in Cockeysville in Baltimore County.

“Trees provide us with drinking water, clean air, habitat for wildlife, recreational opportunities, enhanced aesthetics and higher home values,” said Craig Highfield, manager Forestry for the Bay. “These workshops are designed to provide the region’s landowners with the knowledge and opportunities to help them care for this vital natural resource.”

Baltimore County’s woodlands cover roughly one-third of land area and help filter and protect the drinking water supply for 90 percent of county residents and one-third of the entire State population. Although much of the woodlands in Baltimore County are located on public lands, the majority is privately owned by an estimated 50,000 landowners.

Woodlands in the region also face an array of pressures such as sprawling development, invasive species and over-abundant deer herds. These factors threaten the ability of the woodland ecosystem to do its job.

The three-part workshop will cover a variety of topics, including native & invasive woodland plants, wildlife habitat projects and converting lawn to natural areas.

The workshop will take place in the evenings on April 18, May 2 and May 16. Each session is $5 and participants can sign up for one or all of the sessions. Registration is required one week in advance. The sessions will be held at Oregon Ridge Nature Center located at 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. For more information, visit forestryforthebay.org/files/series.pdf or call 410-267-5723.

The Baltimore County woodland spring speaker series is supported by a sponsorship between the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore County, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Maryland Forests Association and the Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards.


   March 30, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov