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March 4, 2014

Cunningham Falls State Park Reopens Manor Area Following Tree Clean-Up

by kking

Photo from park of trail with bridge going over a stream. The Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park has reopened to the public as work to clear hazardous trees nears completion.

“We want to thank visitors for their patience and understanding during this process of recovery,” said Park Manager Ranger Mark Spurrier. “There is still work to do, but the majority of the Manor Area is safe and able to be enjoyed in due time for spring.”

The approved salvage program, which began January 15, has worked to remove/harvest dead and dying trees left behind by Hurricane Sandy. The project promotes natural regeneration and improved biodiversity, and ensures visitor safety. All work is concentrated within the park’s Manor Area, located off Route 15 just south of Route 550 in Thurmont.

The Manor Area campground is currently open for self-contained units only, with full service camping to begin in the Manor and William Houck areas April 4. All of the park’s trails are open.      

“The timber harvest met our goals; and there is still wood available for residents to take advantage of for their home heating needs,” said Spurrier. “Firewood is an excellent renewable and environmentally-friendly fuel choice.”

To purchase a firewood permit (limited quantities available) call the Cunningham Falls State Park Office at 301-271-7574. Firewood permits are issued by the cord and are for local residential heating use only. No commercial dealers please. The firewood may not to be transported beyond the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Area.

 

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