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Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting along Savage River

  • 10/04/2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • 10/12/2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Upper Savage River watershed, Garrett County

Trout Unlimited, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Frostburg State University and numerous additional partners, is targeting the Savage River watershed for a landscape-scale initiative.  Our aim is to improve habitat conditions for aquatic species like eastern brook trout and wood turtle while promoting diverse native plant communities.  

Throughout October, we will be planting 470 3-gallon native trees along a headwater section of the Savage River.  Native tree species to be planted include: Northern Red Oak, White Oak, American Larch, Tulip Polar, Pignut Hickory, Sugar Maple, American Beech, Black Gum, Eastern Hemlock, Red Spruce, and Black Walnut among others.  Given that we will be planting larger potted stock trees, our efforts are no small task.  Accordingly, we are currently recruiting interested and excited volunteers to participate in several scheduled tree planting work days in October.  Currently scheduled dates are as follows:

Friday, October 4th

Sunday, October 6th 

Saturday, October 12th

Efforts will begin at 10:00 AM and will take place a few miles south of interstate 68 just west of Frostburg, Maryland.  Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Trout Unlimited’s Western Maryland Conservation Coordinator, Seth Moessinger, by phone at 301-268-5751 or by email at Additional information regarding planting locations and what to bring will be provided at that time. If emailing please include preferred date(s).

If you are interested enhancing native plant communities please come join us!!! Your help is critical to creating habitat resiliency in one of Maryland’s most incredible watersheds.  And…, it will be fun!!  We have Frostburg State University students joining us as well as United States Fish and Wildlife Service employees from the Washington D.C area.  The opportunity will be a great chance to meet other conservation-minded folks and to spend time in a beautiful area. You're not obliged to work the entire period. Feel free to come later or leave early based on your schedule to help! 

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