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Riparian Forest Buffer Summit

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10:00 am on Wednesday, March 10, 20214:00 pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021

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DCNR and WPC are partnering to host the 2021 Riparian Forest Buffer Summit virtually, on March 10th and 11th, 2021. All riparian buffer professionals, decision-makers, and volunteers are encourage to join! Attendees will enjoy sessions on the latest forest buffer science, outreach and implementation strategies, funding options, and more. Registration will be $15/individual for the virtual event. Detailed agenda and additional information to come.

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The Wild Turkey in Maryland: History, Biology, and Management

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7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021

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Turkeys in Maryland were once abundant. By the early 1900s they were nearly extirpated, meaning extinct in the state. The restoration of the wild turkey is one of the greatest conservation success stories of all-time. Bob Long, the Wild Turkey and Upland Game Bird Biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will summarize the dramatic comeback of the species and also discuss the biology and current management of these fascinating birds. Bio: Bob received a Bachelors degree from Virginia Tech and a Masters degree from West Virginia University, both in Wildlife Management. He has worked for DNR for 19 years and focuses his efforts on monitoring populations and establishing habitat for bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, and ruffed grouse. He resides in Hurlock, Maryland and enjoys fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors.

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Mushrooms 101: Getting to Know Your Fungi Neighbors

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7:00 pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021Saturday, December 30, 1899

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Dare to discover the unknown with Mycological Society of Washington DC Treasurer Matt Cohen in this introduction to fungi and mushrooms. Learn about the ecological roles of fungi, as well as how to identify poisonous and edible mushrooms in our area.

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Twilight Trek

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6:00 pm on Saturday, March 13, 2021

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Say goodbye to the late, dark nights of winter with one last hurrah! Before we spring forward, join a Ranger on a two-mile round-trip hike to the Turkey Point Lighthouse. Parking is limited; Reservation required. $3 per person or $10 for a family of four. Meet at the Turkey Point Lighthouse Trail Parking Lot.

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Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 21901

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Tracks, signs, and stories of Maryland insects

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12:00 pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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A small minority of invasive and pest insect species receive the lion's share of media attention in forest ecosystems. All the while, the vast majority of insects are quietly performing key ecosystem services and functions as pollinators, decomposers, herbivores, and predators. These amazing critters use a diversity of strategies to survive within even relatively small forest patches. In this talk, I will highlight the natural history stories of a variety of Maryland insects that are likely residents of forest patches near you and describe ways that you can look for the tracks and signs of these interactions in the coming seasons.

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Making Riparian Buffers Work For You

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9:00 am to 10:00 am on Friday, March 19, 2021

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During the Making Buffers Work for You event, there will be a discussion on the many benefits that riparian buffers have for landowners, on top of the already well-known benefit of water quality improvement. We will also discuss options for buffer design, plant selection, and how to help make a buffer work better for you or your clients. Participants will learn the many selling points of converting their streamside cropland. This event is approved for one (1) Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs - Soil and Water Management

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Invasive Plant Workshop

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9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021

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Topics covered include: Identifying invasive plants, Invasive plants you can best kill now or should treat later, Best seasonal practices for each invasive, Using manual & mechanical control methods, Methods for controlling invasives with herbicides, Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, Using herbicides properly to protect you and the environment, and Planning a work schedule with best timings for multiple plants

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Hopewell Street Tree Planting #1

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9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Join us in planting trees along Grant Street and the Nazareth Lutheran Church property. These trees will improve water quality and property values, combat local flooding, reduce heat-related illnesses and stress, and provide habitat for birds, bees, and other pollinators. We will be planting a wide variety of medium-sized trees, but the holes will be partially pre-augered. No prior experience planting is necessary! All tools, gloves, and instructions you need for a successful planting will be provided. Wear weather-appropriate clothes, sturdy shoes, and bring your own water bottle. Please register below so we can bring the appropriate number of tools.

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Nazareth Lutheran Church Parking Lot
1711 Grant Street
Hopewell, VA 23860

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Hydrology, Geology, and Biology of Springs

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2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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Join us as we discuss the ecological functions of springs and implications for planning spring developments. NRCS Spring Development Practice Standard criteria include conducting a site evaluation of the effects on existing ecological functions of the spring and potential losses from the development, including effects of the impoundment and/or diversion of spring water on local wildlife and wildlife habitat, and the effects of consumptive use on riparian health and function, stream flow, water temperature, and local aquifer recharge. This webinar will give participants an introduction to spring ecology and ecological functions to help meet this requirement.

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American Chestnut Restoration: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the American Chestnut in the Eastern Forest

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6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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More than a century ago, nearly four billion American chestnut trees were growing in the forests of the eastern U.S. In the early 1900s, a blight fungus introduced on plants from Asia spread throughout the range and killed an estimated 4 billion American chestnuts. The chestnut blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the worlds forests in all of history. This presentation will review the history of the American chestnut, and describe the latest scientific approaches being used to breed a genetically diverse, locally adapted blight-resistant American chestnut to be re-established as a keystone species in the eastern forest.

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Deer Impact Assessment and Mitigation Summit

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12:00 pm on Thursday, March 25, 2021

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The Deer Impact Assessment and Mitigation Summit series offers a roundup of current knowledge, practices, and strategies for understanding, defining, measuring, and mitigating deer impact in natural resource management. Each of three successive program sessions offers multiple expert presentations followed by a facilitated question-and-answer period involving the full panel of speakers.

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Equity in the Outdoors Discussion: Identity, Inclusion, and Assumptions

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7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Our public spaces are for everyone, but barriers to access make it difficult for everyone to enjoy nature in the same way. Join the Pennsylvania outdoors team for a monthly open discussion on equity, inclusion and justice in the outdoors. We will have a different topic each month and there will occasionally be literature to read beforehand. This month, we will be focusing on the assumptions surrounding who "fits" in the outdoors. Why has this idea of the "typical outdoors person" become so main stage and what can we do to break those assumptions?

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