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November 6, 2014

Notes from the Field

Restoration begins
Lana Hester
  • Before the Back River Wildlife Sanctuary restoration. Lana Hester/HSWLT

  • After the Back River Wildlife Sanctuary restoration. Lana Hester/HSWLT

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, a process of restoration began on the Owings (Back River) Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to a generous grant from Baltimore Gas and Electric, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust took action to stop illegal parking and dumping on this 13-acre wildlife sanctuary. This project is also supported by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and the Maryland Environmental Trust.

When I arrived at the site, there were many birds singing in the tree tops to greet me. I was glad that we were going to make their habitat more secure. After removing some large items that had been dumped on the property, we created a single row of boulders along the property area to prevent further damage to this wildlife sanctuary. We also engaged a local towing company to check the area regularly for parking violations. Watch our Facebook page for more photos.

We will be back on the property with staff and volunteers on Earth Day. At that time, we will remove any remaining debris and plant trees along the boulder boundary. If you would like to participate in Earth Day at Owings Wildlife Sanctuary you can email me, Lana Hester, at LHester@hswlt.org

 

 

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