Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust

COVE POINT NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST

The mission of the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust is to preserve and protect ecologically sensitive sites at Cove Point and Southern Maryland through land conservation, scientific research, and environmental education.

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Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust
11785 Clifton Drive
P.O. Box 336
Lusby, MD 20657
410.394.1300

 

RECENT ACTIVITIES 2019

Quarterly Update May through August 2019

Scientific Research

Paul Bushmann has finished his horseshoe crabs monitoring. Brent Steury has completed his plant monitoring. We are waiting final reports from those two researchers. DC/MD Audubon and the sora rail research are also due. Greg Kearns gave a talk to Southern Maryland Audubon Society covering the results of two years research funded by CPNHT.

Land Preservation

Staff serves on the land preservation committee for the county. Calvert County should submit a Rural Legacy requests to the State for 2020 which will include an expansion of existing areas.

The Sustainable Calvert Network effort to preserve the rural legacy of Calvert County met with some success. While water quality standards have not been included and the new traffic study is suspect because of issue with the timeframe, the Purchase and Retirement Fund has been restored. Adequate public facilities are once again a requirement for road and development projects. New public sewerage will only be allowed in existing developed lots if there is failure of existing systems.

Land Acquisition

The 169 acres of farm fields and woodland along the northern bank of Hellen Creek on Turner Road continue to be managed by the Trust. Efforts continue to replat the parcels for sale the rental properties and agricultural plots.

The effort to acquire the TNC Hemlock Preserve has finally reached fruition. On July 19, 2019 paperwork was signed for the easement and transfer of property of this property. We are grateful for the efforts put forth by the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and the United States Navy (REPI program).

At Hellen Creek Forest and Wildlife Preserve

The summer seasonal nature walks attracted local neighbors and several members of the Sierra Club. The Southern Maryland Group did an excellent job of advertising the event. Routine trail maintenance continues. New signs were placed at the entrance to the office off Clifton Drive and off Turner Road.

Outreach

The Calvert Citizenís Green Team held a Green Living Festival the first Saturday in June. An open house was held at Chesapeake Biological Laboratories in September. CPNHT had a table with several other non-profits. Two upcoming outreach events are on our calendar, an open house at PEARL (Morgan State) October 4th and PRAD on October 12 (only one day this year).

Our next regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting, which will also be our annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19th starting at 11 a.m. at the Hellen Creek office on Clifton Drive. Please contact Bob (410-394-1300 or cpnht@comcast.net) if you are interested in attending.

 

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