Janes Island State Park in Maryland is composed of 3,147 acres, with 104 of those acres presently in agricultural use. This project planted 1,750 loblolly pine and sawtooth oak trees along an agricultural ditch which flows into the Little Annemessex River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. This section of the ditch had no forest buffer prior to this tree planting. The forest buffer will enhance and increase the existing habitat for upland game and non-game birds and mammals, increase water quality by reparing erosion and water quality problems resulting from the conversion of wetlands to agricultual fields, and increase the quality of public outdoor recreation and natural resource education opportunities. The project was undertaken by American Forests in partnership with the Maryland DNR-Forest Service, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland State Forest and Park Service.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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