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Maryland Conservation Corps Celebrates National Americorps Week
Conservation projects focus on Patapsco Valley State Park
WHAT: Members of the Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC), an AmeriCorps Program managed by the Maryland Park Service (MPS), will convene to celebrate National AmeriCorps Week (May 13-20) by performing conservation projects on the Soapstone Branch stream valley, a tributary of the Patapsco River in Patapsco Valley State Park.
Projects along the one-mile corridor will include: trail maintenance and condition assessment, stream corridor and biological assessment, forest buffer planting and invasive species control.
WHEN: MONDAY, MAY 14, 9 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.
WHO: Attendees to include:
John R. Griffin, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Kristin McSwain, Executive Director of AmeriCorps, will represent the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)
Marty O’Brien, The Corps Network (National Association of Conservation Corps)
Rusty Ruszin, Acting Superintendent, Maryland Park Service
Keith Hart, Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism
35 MCC members and program staff; 20 CNCS staff
WHERE: Patapsco Valley State Park, Avalon & Glen Artney Areas
Projects will be set up along Soapstone Branch in the Artney Area;
luncheon and speakers will begin at noon in the Patapsco Avalon Area Picnic pavilion followed by a 1-hour tour of the project sites.
WHY: Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC), is an AmeriCorps Program managed by the Maryland Park Service, providing young adults with training and opportunities to perform a year of conservation-related service throughout Maryland.
From Baltimore: Take Route I-95 south (approximately 3 miles south of the Baltimore Beltway). Take Exit 47 onto I-195 East toward BWI airport. Take Exit 3 to Rt. 1, Elkridge. Turn right onto Rt. 1 South. Take next right on South Street. Take the immediate left into the park entrance. Follow the entrance road into the park until it ends at a “T” intersection. To join projects at 9 a.m. in the Glen Artney Area, turn right. To join the picnic luncheon in the Avalon Area at 12 p.m., turn left.
From D.C.: Take I-95 North toward Baltimore. Take exit for I-195 East toward BWI Airport. Take Exit 3 to Rt. 1, Elkridge. Turn right onto Rt. 1 South. Take next right on South Street. Take the immediate left into the park entrance. Follow the entrance road into the park until it ends at a “T” intersection. To join projects at 9 a.m. in the Glen Artney Area, turn right. To join the picnic luncheon in the Avalon Area at 12 p.m., turn left.
May 10, 2007
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