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Project Descriptions (May be outdated - Please check the Sierra Club website.)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

    • 21 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • Appalachian Laboratory, 301 Braddock Rd, Frostburg, MD

    MNPS Western Mountains Chapter Meeting and Program

    Speaker: Kerrie Kyde, Invasive Plant Ecologist, Maryland Natural Heritage Program

    Topic: Maryland's Invasive Ornamental Plant Ban Law: History and Implementation

    Location: Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD

    The Maryland Legislature established the state Invasive Plant Advisory Committee in 2011, to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on invasive plants whose production and sale should be limited within the state. Ms. Kyde will discuss the establishment of the IPAC, the system it is using to assess plant species risk, and the status of the Tier 1/Tier 2 plant list in Maryland.

    The program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 0.2 miles to the entrance to Appalachian Lab on the left. There is plenty of parking in front.

    No registration.


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