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Invasive Species Removal Projects

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

Chapman Forest and Ruth Swann Park, Charles County

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).

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

Latest Invaders
About Invasives
Before and After Photos

Project Descriptions (May be outdated - Please check the Sierra Club website.)


You are advised to check with the contact person for the project before heading out to the site to be sure the activity is still scheduled.

Upcoming events

    • 04/09/2015
    • 9:30 AM
    • 04/10/2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Savage River State Forest, Garrett County
    Battling Botanical Bullies at Bear Pen
    Invasive removal event cosponsored by Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS and Savage River Watershed Association

    April 9 and 10, from 9 am to noon 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. Wade Dorsey, Savage River State Forest manager, is providing logistical support. Erin Thomas, Big Run & New Germany State Park manager, is providing free camping the night before for any out-of-town volunteers. Snacks and drinks will be provided for volunteers.

    For more details or to register, please contact Ron Boyer directly at 301-895-3686 or rbiodiversity@hughes.net





    • 04/11/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Westminster

    Sponsor:  Carroll County Forest Conservancy District Board

    Training consists of a one-hour online course to take at home, followed by a 2-hour field training.  FREE; registration is required by April 7. Email ccforestryboard@gmail.com to register.

    Location:  Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster MD 21158

    Leader:  Carolyn Puckett

    For further information:  ccforestryboard@gmail.com

    • 04/25/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sykesville

    Sponsor:  Carroll County Forest Conservancy District Board

    Training consists of a one-hour online course to take at home, followed by a 2-hour field training.  FREE; registration is required by April 7. Email ccforestryboard@gmail.com to register.

    Location:  Piney Run Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, MD 21784

    Leader:  Carolyn Puckett

    For further information:  ccforestryboard@gmail.com


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