The Monocacy Natural Resource Management Area is a 1450 acre parcel administered by the Maryland State Forests and Park Service for multiple uses including hiking, hunting, fishing and nature observation. The project site is a part of 120 acres of potential riparian buffer planting to stabilize the highly erodible land along the water courses. Additionally, portions of the property have been heavily impacted by gypsy moth in the last decade. In 1998, 7,400 mixed hardwood species were planted on three separate parcels on the Lower Monocacy River watershed and a minimum 100 foot riparian forest buffers were established in all three areas. Benefits include enhanced water quality for water that eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay, reduced soil erosion, enhanced wildlife habitat including establishing significant travel corridors for neotropical migrant birds, increased public awareness, aesthetics and improved recreational opportunities. American Forests partnered with the Maryland DNR-Forest Service to complete this project.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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