Saturday, June 29, 2013

Little Patuxent Restoration Grants

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund has awarded a $1 million grant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for restoration projects in the Little Patuxent watershed.

The funding will go towards wetland and stream restoration projects at the Sunrise-Navy Dairy Farm in Gambrills. The project will include planting trees along 20 acres of stream to filter polluted runoff, clean and enhance wetlands, and restore nearly 7,000 linear feet of stream.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Monday, June 3, 2013

Delaware National Recreation Trails

Four Delaware trails recently received designations as national recreation trails:

Junction and Breakwater Trail (Cape Henlopen State Park)

The 4-mile Junction and Breakwater Trail follows a section of the former Penn Central Railroad between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. The trail is essential in connecting the two communities and gives residents and visitors an alternative to driving a vehicle. Interpretive signs along the trail provide information about the area’s plant and animal life.

Northern Delaware Greenway Trail (Brandywine Creek)

The 2.5-mile section of the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail in Brandywine Creek State Park plays an important role in connecting recreational, historic, and natural resources, while providing the community with a safe place to be active. Trail users can experience Piedmont wooded landscapes, spring wildflowers, and wildlife, view unique geologic features, and picnic, fish, and canoe along Brandywine Creek.

Northern Delaware Greenway Trail (Wilmington)

The 7.22-mile Wilmington section of the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail links existing parks throughout northern New Castle County between the Delaware River and the Brandywine River. The trail serves people in the greater Wilmington area, giving residents in nearby neighborhoods access to park land.

Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

This rail-trail provides a connection between Newark's central business district, city parks, the University of Delaware, and White Clay Creek State Park. The 4.18-mile trail improves pedestrian safety and mobility, promotes cycling and non-motorized transportation, relieves traffic congestion, and encourages physical fitness.

source: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)