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.

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.

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.