Join Us Thursday, January 19, to Learn the Story of the True Blue

True Blue
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco MD 20677
Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Join PTRC and Peace Lutheran Church as member Don Zimmer describes his research on the ship True Blue, which he began when he discovered an announcement in the August 16, 1759, edition of The Maryland Gazette announcing the ship’s arrival in Nanjemoy carrying 350 Gold Coast slaves. What became of the captured and kidnapped people aboard the ship, and what can we learn about those who brought them to Maryland? The whole story of the True Blue is a difficult and complicated one, filled with people who have left their mark in history.

The program is free and open to the public.

Original oil painting by Don Zimmer.

 

Thanks for helping us protect the Port Tobacco River in 2016

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

There is so much to share with you about the Port Tobacco River Conservancy as 2016 comes to a close. As you know, protecting and preserving our watershed continues to be our goal, along with providing educational and community outreach programs. Let us share with you some of this year’s highlights.

  • Construction is complete at the new Meditation Garden at Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish. The garden is a cooperative effort between the church and PTRC that converted an unused courtyard on the church grounds into a rain garden open to the public.
  • PTRC partnered with the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Conservancy for Charles County, high school students, and local scout troops to plant 2700 native trees in the new Port Tobacco River Park.
  • We engaged community members in seven shoreline cleanups this summer at Chapel Point State Park, collecting hundreds of bags of trash and recyclable materials. We also conducted fish-sampling surveys at the Park, where we netted this beautiful pumpkinseed sunfish.
  • We have been working with the Maryland Park Service and the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism as they develop a strategic management partnership plan for a portion of Chapel Point State Park.
  • PTRC is the beneficiary organization for an Eagle Scout Candidate project of planting 225 bald cypress seedlings near the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse and installing four wood duck nesting boxes in the nearby swamp.

Requirements at the state and local level for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay leave many tasks still to be completed. We remain committed to working with the County to take advantage of these opportunities for achieving success.

We are again asking for your generous support as we continue to move forward with our mission. You can donate online using the PayPal button on the sidebar, or by mail to PO Box 104, Port Tobacco MD 20677-0104.

We extend our many thanks and best wishes for the New Year to you all.

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.

Upcoming Event in our Watershed

Family Forest

Alliance for the Bay is hosting a Family Forest Legacy Planning workshop for Maryland landowners on Saturday, February 7th from 9 am to 12 pm. PTRC will be attending. Come join us!

 

Learn how to:

-Establish your vision & goals for your land
-Assess and enhance the value of your natural resources
-Reduce property & estate taxes
-Create a succession plan that keeps your land intact and within your family
-Build family ties to your land
-Access conservation tools and programs
-Select professionals to help you meet your goals
Location:
The Crossing at Casey Jones
417 E. Charles Street, La Plata, MD 21502
*Lunch is included afterwards
Cost: $10/person or couple; $15/family (3-5 people); $25/Family (6-8 people)
Register by February 3rd
For more information contact:
Craig Highfield, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
chighfield@allianceforthebay.org (4100-267-5723

PTRC President Selected for Top Physics Award

PTRC President Dr. Jerry Forbes
PTRC President Dr. Jerry Forbes

The American Physical Society (APS) selected Port Tobacco resident and PTRC President Dr. Jerry W. Forbes for the 2015 George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award. Forbes is Senior Scientist at The Energetics Technology Center, Inc. (ETC) in St. Charles, MD, and Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. APS established the George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award in 1987 and grants the award annually to individuals in recognition of their contributions to understanding condensed matter and non-linear physics through shock compression.

The 2015 committee recognized Forbes “for his advances in shock-compression science involving phase-transformations, high explosives and detonation physics; for extensive contributions to the shock physics community through mentorship and teaching; and for service to the Shock Compression Topical Group.” In 2012, Forbes published, “Shock Wave Compression of Condensed Matter: A Primer (Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena),” which introduces the core concepts of the shock wave physics of condensed matter, taking a continuum mechanics approach to examine liquids and isotropic solids.

In addition to serving as President of the Port Tobacco River Conservancy, Jerry sits on the advisory boards of the College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute and the Horticulture Committee of the Stethem Educational Center.

We are very proud of Jerry’s accomplishments.