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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A Public Tree Planting Project – Port Tobacco River Park

Preserve Plant Play

 

Residents are invited to help plant trees along the Port Tobacco River as part of a month-long celebration of Earth Day. Grab the kids and join us for a few fun-filled hours of improving our local environment!
The Conservancy for Charles County and the Port Tobacco River Conservancy have partnered with Charles County Government to develop a natural tree buffer area to help protect the important wetlands that surround the Port Tobacco River. With the assistance of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Charles County recently acquired 149 acres of undeveloped land along the headwaters of this historic river. Initial plans call to convert the existing agricultural fields into natural forest buffer areas in an effort to create watershed protection and natural wildlife habitat. This public tree planting event is the first step towards that goal. In time, the Port Tobacco River Park will offer public access to hiking trails and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities.
Four separate event dates are available:
• Saturday, April 2 9:00 a.m. – Noon
• Sunday, April 3 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 9 9:00 a.m. – Noon.
• Sunday, April 10 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Due to parking limitations, preregistration is required. To sign-up, please call the Charles County Parks Division Office @ 301-932-3470 or register online using Volunteer Spot. Go to http://vols.pt/nZdkcc
Port Tobacco River Park is located on Chapel Point Road in Port Tobacco, Maryland (approximately 1 mile from Rte. 6). With the exception of special events, this park is currently not open for public access.

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Join Us April 16 for the 28th Annual Potomac River Cleanup

Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed - Event - Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015

Cleanup Is from 9 am to noon

The Port Tobacco River Conservancy is teaming up with the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 28th Annual Potomac River Cleanup on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

We will be at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677. We will supply bags, gloves, drinking water and snacks.

Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful.

For more information please visit http://trashnetwork.fergusonfoundation.org/event/3077/show, or contact Julie at jsimpson@porttobaccoriver.org or Krupa at krupa@porttobaccoriver.org

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ChocolateFest is Friday, February 12

ChocolateFest flyer

Ticket includes a free beer, glass of wine, soft drink, or ChocolateFest Mudslide (vodka and Kahlua).

Enjoy a buffet featuring top round of beef, Maryland crab balls, a variety of egg rolls, spanakipita, vegetable crudites, cheese and fruit, and a dessert table with chocolate fountains.

Local musicians Landing Mary will provide live entertainment by the dance floor.

Real Money gambling includes two blackjack tables, one roulette table, and one poker table.

Check out our silent auction items and take your chances in 50/50, raffle for a Wagon of Cheer, bingo, and a cake walk.

Questions? Call 301-934-2025.

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Welcome Tina Wilson, our Newest Board Member

Tina

We are very pleased to have Tina Wilson as the newest member of the PTRC Board of Directors. Tina joined the Board on January 7.

Tina is a lifelong resident of Charles County. She grew up on a small farm along Neale Sound near Cobb Island, where she nurtured her love of the water. After attending college on the eastern shore, she pursued a career in the Army, retiring in 2005. She served as a logistics officer on a variety of assignments, including at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, and in Stuttgart, Germany, and Skopje, Macedonia. She is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Several of Tina’s assignments involved providing water to villagers as part of humanitarian support, and this work brought home to her the importance of clean water and how so many take it for granted.

Upon retiring from the service, she renewed her love of boating and moved to Port Tobacco. While on a boating trip to Chapel Point, she learned of the dangers of a high bacteria count in the river from fellow boaters, which lead her to join the PTRC. Monitoring the river provides wonderful opportunities to see the watershed in ways many locals don’t get to see. Once you have muddied your boots and collected a few samples, the river as well as many of its contributing streams is no longer just a feature you drive by and take for granted; you begin to take ownership of it. It is Tina’s hope that many more people will become members of the PTRC and learn to better appreciate the Port Tobacco River. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, Tina serves as PTRC’s Water Monitoring Coordinator.

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