Pictures from Saturday’s shoreline cleanup of the Port Tobacco River at Chapel Point State Park. It was a beautiful day on the river and our volunteers made a big difference. A park visitor who would not give his name pitched in by loading all the trash we collected into his truck for disposal. We also saw some interesting native plants — rose mallow, prickly pear, and the dreaded poison ivy.
PTRC’s next public meeting on Thursday, March 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, 8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco MD 20677, will feature an all-star line-up of trash busters:
- Julie Lawson, Executive Director, Trash Free Maryland, will update us on the status of legislation to ban polystyrene food containers statewide, as well as the Trash Trawl project to gauge the prevalence of micro-plastics in the Bay;
- Hannah Seligmann, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Alice Ferguson Foundation, will tell us about the Trash Free Potomac campaign, including this year’s Potomac River Cleanup;
- Frances Sherman, Recycling & Litter Control Superintendent, Charles County, will let us know about the County’s litter control programs;
- Mike Bellis, Executive Director, United Way of Charles County, will tell us about the UW’s new Watershed Discovery and Exploration grant. The grant will fund kayak outings for low-income families that increase public awareness of the value of our watersheds and how we can all protect them, with a focus on litter control.
Light refreshments will definitely not be trashy. We will offer complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks served by Kaley, our professional bartender, as well as delicious snacks. For more information, contact us at 301 934-2025 or email@example.com.
The event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org until October 19, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.