Your Chance to Comment on the Future of Chapel Point State Park

Beach at Chapel Point SP

The Maryland Park Service and the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism have been working together to develop a strategic management partnership plan for a portion of Chapel Point State Park. The draft plan is now available at http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/chapelpoint.aspx .

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Repairing and maintaining existing roads and the park entrance
  • Supporting historic uses of the park by waterfowl hunters and fishermen
  • Evaluating and improving bird habitat, forest habitat, and water quality
  • Assessing areas of shoreline erosion that may need protection
  • Working with the Piscataway tribe to build on their interest in and connection to Chapel Point
  • Integrating recreational and tourism activities with Port Tobacco Village and Port Tobacco River Park
  • Maintaining and promoting passive recreation activities such as biking, beach-combing, kayaking, and bird watching
  • Improving staff presence and discouraging unauthorized activities
  • Addressing issues with trash and illegal dumping

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the process for improving the habitat and recreational potential of this beautiful park. Take a look at the full plan and submit your comments to Park Manager Patrick Bright of the Maryland Park Service at pat.brightjr@maryland.gov until October 19, 2016.

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Learn How Meadow Restoration Benefits Birds and Water Quality

Grassland Chester River
Grassland at Chester River

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse

8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco, MD 20677

PTRC and the Southern Maryland Audubon Society present a talk by Dan Small, Field Ecologist at the Center of Environment and Society at Washington College, “Native Grassland Restoration, Management and Avian Studies at the Chester River Research Station.” Dan will inform us of his latest efforts in working with landowners to add habitat to their land that will be beneficial for grassland birds as well as helping to improve water quality.

The Center for Environment and Society is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Its land-based research arm, the Chester River Field Research Station, conducts    research on breeding bird response to a long term grassland restoration project and also operates a migration banding station. During the summer months, Dan can be found out in the native warm season grassland leading undergraduate interns through the fields studying breeding grassland birds. He is a NABC certified trainer and has been banding and birding for around 15 years.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served.

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Next Shoreline Cleanup Is Saturday, October 15

Cleanup volunters

Join us from 9 to 11 am for the last cleanup of the season. The August cleanup crew recovered lots of trash, including two computers. We also saw some lovely wildflowers.

We will provide gloves, trash/recycle bags, drinking water and snacks. The park is located at 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677.

Please protect yourself from poison ivy. Also, if you would like to avoid the worst of the potholes, park on the farm road and walk down to the beach.

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Our next cleanup will be Saturday, August 20

July Cleanup Crew

July’s cleanup crew had plenty of work to do, and with so many people enjoying the park we expect the August cleanup to be just as big a job.

Join us from 9 to 11 am to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful. We will provide gloves, trash/recycle bags, drinking water and snacks. The park is located at 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677.

Please protect yourself from poison ivy. Also, if you would like to avoid the worst of the potholes, park on the farm road and walk down to the beach.

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Night on the River is August 18

View of PT River

August 18, 2016, 7pm-10pm
Port Tobacco Marina Restaurant
7536 Shirley Blvd
Port Tobacco, MD 20677

Beautiful views of the Port Tobacco River, amazing entertainment by local trio Landing Mary, silent auction, and delicious menu featuring flat bread pizza, crab balls, sesame chicken skewers, bacon wrapped scallops, sweet and sour meatballs, fresh vegetables, and Terry’s Desserts.

Ticket includes one free beer, wine, or soft drink. Single tickets $50, group of 10 $475. Purchase your tickets online.

All proceeds from this event will support our mission of protecting and restoring the Port Tobacco River and its watershed. The Port Tobacco River Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Your Chance to Show Some Love for Chapel Point State Park

Beach at Chapel Point SP

Please Come to the Public Information Meeting on August 4

Chapel Point is one of the most beautiful parks in Charles County, and is the only public access point on the Port Tobacco River. PTRC will be attending this meeting to advocate for improvements to the facilities there to improve public access and enjoyment for everyone who loves to swim, fish, kayak, boat, or otherwise enjoy the park. This is your chance to let the State and the County know what improvements you would like to see.

The Maryland Park Service and the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism will hold a public meeting to discuss a strategic management partnership plan for Chapel Point State Park on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the County Commissioners’ Meeting Room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Citizens wishing to make oral or written comments are encouraged to attend the meeting. Chapel Point State Park is located off of Chapel Point Road in Port Tobacco.

A partnership with the Maryland Park Service and the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is being proposed to enhance services for increased visitation and interest in the park’s existing and potential amenities. State and county staff will provide background information about the park along with general goals for the partnership at the public meeting.

The public is asked to identify specific management objectives, operational measures, and infrastructure improvements that would enhance the park. Following the open house, a strategic management partnership plan will be developed to facilitate the proposed partnership using public input.

For additional information, contact Mary Owens, Maryland Park Service at 410-260-8161 or Mary.Owens@maryland.gov or Greg Kernan, Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at 301- 932-3472 KernanG@charlescountymd.gov. Citizens with special needs, contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Learn What St. Mary’s College Students’ Analysis Tells Us About Port Tobacco Bird Populations

St. Mary's College report cover page

Join us Thursday, June 2, as researchers from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, present the results of their Analysis of the Port Tobacco Christmas Bird Count.Thirty years of data have been analyzed to inform the relationship between open space, population, density and bird populations. Come and learn about our bird populations throughout the years and get a greater understanding of how important bird counts are.

The event is free and open to the public. We will offer complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks. Hope to see you Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 6860 Crain Hwy in La Plata.

 

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Drinks, Snacks, and Fish Migration on April 7

Fish Ladder in Port Tobacco Creek
Fish Ladder in Port Tobacco Creek

Did you know there is a fish ladder in the Port Tobacco Creek at Route 6? A fish ladder is a structure that allows migratory fish, such as yellow perch and river herring, to bypass a barrier and migrate upstream to their spawning habitat.

Join us on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm, as Jim Thompson, Fish Passage Coordinator for MD DNR, talks about the importance of fish passage and dam removal in Maryland for restoring migratory fish populations. Jim promises to “blow your mind” with information on how dam removals may be one of the best tools to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The fish ladder itself is maintained by the State Highway Administration, and Bill Buettner of SHA’s Environmental Programs Division will tell us about SHA’s efforts to locate sites to mitigate impacts to wetlands, streams, forest and wildlife habitat.

The event is free and open to the public. We will offer complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Hope to see you at 7:00 on April 7 at the Holiday Inn Express, 6860 Crain Hwy in La Plata.

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