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April 30, 2014

Call for Volunteers: Ferry Point Park Planting

by kking

Crews planting the first round of grasses on April 23.


When: Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m.
Where: Ferry Point Park, 425 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester
Who:  Open to the Public
Contact: cdonegan@dnr.state.md.us
 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation invite volunteers to help plant grasses at Ferry Point Park as part of the final stages of a shoreline restoration project. Crews have spent more than five years planning for the project, six months rebuilding the deteriorating coast, and are now working to create a robust living shoreline.

Made possible through a partnership between the State and Queen Anne’s County, the project aims to restore the loss of wetland in Kent Island, safeguard land and sea life habitat, protect Kent Narrows from extreme weather, and improve recreation. The park is set to reopen to the public in mid-summer of this year.

Located on the north end of Kent Narrows within Ferry Point Park, the property is a 41-acre parcel of marshland that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, such as horseshoe crabs, diamondback terrapins, bald eagles and osprey. The park serves as an environmental education site and offers a variety of activities including fishing, swimming, bird watching, hiking, canoeing and kayaking.

To volunteer contact Claudia Donegan, DNR Habitat Restoration and Conservation section chief, at cdonegan@dnr.state.md.us.

Click here to learn more about this project and here to view photos.

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