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Invasive Species Removal Projects


The Sierra Club of Maryland maintains a list of ongoing projects sponsored by many organizations.

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Before and After Photos

Upcoming events

    • 04/11/2016
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Savage River State Forest, Garrett County
    Battling Botanical Bullies at Bear Pen

    April 11 and 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 am each day

    Adult volunteers are needed to continue control efforts of Japanese spiraea and garlic mustard in the Bear Pen Run area of Savage River State Forest. Bear Pen is designated as a Type 1 Wildland and like other natural areas around the State is threatened by a variety of exotic invasive species. 

    Savage River State Forest is providing logistical support. The Savage River Watershed Association is loaning collection buckets and gloves for the removal work. The Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS is sponsoring the project and will provide snacks and drinks for volunteers. Free camping is available for volunteers on April 10 and 11 at Big Run or New Germany State Park. 

    Participants should wear water-proof trail shoes and carry their own water. Sorry, but no pets are allowed and no rest rooms are available. 

    Registration is required but is not available through this website. To register (or for more details on the project or camping), please contact Ron Boyer by phone at 301-895-3686 or by email at rbiodiversity@hughes.net


    • 04/12/2016
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Savage River State Forest, Garrett County
    Battling Botanical Bullies at Bear Pen

    April 11 and 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 am each day

    Adult volunteers are needed to continue control efforts of Japanese spiraea and garlic mustard in the Bear Pen Run area of Savage River State Forest. Bear Pen is designated as a Type 1 Wildland and like other natural areas around the State is threatened by a variety of exotic invasive species. 

    Savage River State Forest is providing logistical support. The Savage River Watershed Association is loaning collection buckets and gloves for the removal work. The Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS is sponsoring the project and will provide snacks and drinks for volunteers. Free camping is available for volunteers on April 10 and 11 at Big Run or New Germany State Park.

    Participants should wear water-proof trail shoes and carry their own water. Sorry, but no pets are allowed and no rest rooms are available. 

    Registration is required but is not available through this website. To register (or for more details on the project or camping), please contact Ron Boyer by phone at 301-895-3686 or by email at rbiodiversity@hughes.net


Ongoing Project at Chapman Forest and Ruth Swann Park, Charles County

For many years MNPS has co-sponsored invasive removal at Chapman Forest and Ruth Swann Park, supervised by Marc Imlay.

Sponsoring Organizations: MNPS, Sierra Club, Chapman Forest Foundation

Dates and Times: Usually the first Sundays and following Saturday, monthly, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Contact Marc, ialm @ erols.com, for information about specific days.

There are about 3,000 native plant species in Maryland, with 800 at Chapman Forest and contiguous Swann Park, 49 of which are endangered.

Help remove invasive non-natives from the 200-acre Swann Park and 800-acre portion of Chapman Forest designated Chapman State Park. There will be time for plant identification and a beautiful beach lunch. Learn about best season for species, wet soil condition for pulling, extent of area of natives seen rescued, delayed gratification, targeted use of herbicides, and matching funds for staff to do what volunteers find hard to do.

Read A Survey of Rare Natural Heritage Resources Along Three Trails at Chapman State Park, Charles County, Maryland, by Roderick Simmons (PDF, ~1.56 MB).



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