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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Calendar: Visit Two Threatened Creeks

There are two different Sierra Club hikes on Sunday afternoon exploring areas threatened by two different road projects.

Paint Branch stream
Photo credit: Binary Dreams (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Many activists have been concerned about the impact of the Inter-County Connector in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. On Sunday morning, join a group hiking 5 miles in the Paint Branch watershed. The hike description says, "We will look at the construction project, and discuss the history of the ICC and its potential ecological impacts. Paint Branch is unique in this area for supporting the last remaining native brown trout population."  

The Sierra Club of Maryland is also working hard to protect Mattawoman Creek, a beautiful tributary of the Potomac River 20 miles south of DC in Charles County. It's an important area for birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians, but is threatened by runoff and development from the Charles County Cross County Connector. Come check out the area with a 3 mile hike in Smallwood State Park. The hike description says, "[this] is the last best remnant of what Chesapeake Bay rivers were like when the Bay teemed with life. Come enjoy its tranquil beauty, and help save this last refuge. Hike meandering trails through hardwood forest, passing natural and historical points of interest with viewing opportunities for upland and water species of birds and critters."

See our full calendar to RSVP and get directions -- or to check out the many other great activities going on this week. We'll see you out there!

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