Magazine: Winter 2019

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Vol. 22, No. 1 | Winter 2019

A message from the secretary

A new year is the ideal time to reflect on the past, take a look around the present and plan for the future. During the winter we can take our cue from nature, as the fresh, brisk air both invigorates us and slows down the pace of life so we can take this pause. Read more.

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Quail Find Safe Harbor on the Eastern Shore
Partnership restores habitat for northern bobwhite

The Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area in Kent County has a brand new home for northern bobwhite thanks to a partnership between the Washington College Center for Environment and Society and the Maryland Park Service.

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A River Unbound
Bloede Dam removal nears completion

When it was built in 1906, Bloede Dam was considered an engineering marvel, with hydroelectric turbines hidden within the dam itself. After a few years, it was so clogged with rocks and sand that maintenance was just too much to manage.

Bloede was retired after only 24 years and remained a concrete barrier preventing native fish from migrating upriver and a potential deathtrap for swimmers who couldn’t escape the underwater whirlpool. Until now.

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Mountain Club of Maryland
Working hard at having fun!

The oldest hiking club in Maryland and the premier hiking group in the state is a Baltimore-based volunteer organization, priding itself as one of 31 hiking clubs in America who share responsibility for maintaining sections of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail.

For over 60 years, the club’s volunteers have cleared storm damage and deadfall from the Appalachian Trail and worked on repairing damaged trails.

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Natural History
Centuries of conservation laws

Fish and wildlife managers since colonial times have contended with the same issue: balancing enjoyment of Maryland’s bounty with the need to conserve it for future generations. In 1967, retired fisheries manager Albert Powell felt compelled to tell the full history.

"Early inhabitants of Maryland," he noted, "soon learned that the ruthless destruction of the seemingly inexhaustible number of fish called for protection."

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When Eddie Somers was about seven years old, he saw a large boat approaching his native Smith Island. It was the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender Barberry there to remove a navigational beacon. What he didn’t know was that a few decades later, he would begin a quarter century service as its captain.

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Please enjoy the top picks from our annual contest!
This year we received over 4,300 photos from 819 participants.

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Looking for winter fishing options? Curious about hibernation?
Our field experts have the answers!

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