The Appalachian Trail is the longest marked path in the world, stretching more than 2,100 miles from Maine to Georgia along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains.
Maryland can claim only 38 miles of the AT, from Pen-Mar in Washington County, to its Potomac River crossing at Harpers Ferry -- and all but six of those miles are protected by the National Park Service and the Department of Natural Resources under the Maryland Appalachian Trail Protection Plan.
The DNR and the NPS have scheduled a public meeting at the Greenbrier State Park visitors center on Nov. 12 to present several proposed routes for the AT near Route 77 in the Smithsburg area, including those last six miles.
Area residents and other interested citizens are asked to attend and comment on the proposed trail routes. Sign-up for speakers will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m.
The Greenbrier visitors center is located off Route 40 near Myersville.
For more information on the proposed route changes, call (410) 974-7656.
Proposed changes in the non-tidal fishing regulations for 1992 will be open for discussion at a meeting Nov. 19 in the Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, at 7 p.m.
Among the proposed changes are the removal of Maydale Pond from the put-and-take trout fishing areas and adding Israel Creek, Sharpsburg Community Pond and Big Pool to the put-and-take areas.
Also, a section of Little Seneca Creek would be added to the catch-and-release trout areas restricted to the use of artificial lures and flies.
Leonard Mill Pond would be added to the trophy largemouth and smallmouth fishing areas, and the closure dates for trout stocking will be finalized.
According to the Natural Resources Police, spotlighting deer at night may be increasing in Maryland.
Spotlighting, or jacklighting, is hunting deer at night with the aid of an illumination device that makes the deer easy prey.
In fiscal 1991, 135 violations for spotlighting were reported.
It is unlawful to shine a light from a vehicle on woods, fields or orchards in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
In other counties, a light from a vehicle may be shined to illuminate deer until 9 p.m. for the purpose of photography or wildlife observation, but people may not have weapons in their possession at that time.
A conviction for spotlighting may bring a fine of up to $2,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both. Anyone convicted also will have his hunting license revoked and be denied the privilege of hunting in Maryland for at least two and not more than five years.
Varying numbers of some 14,000 adult brown and rainbow trout recently have been stocked in Rocky Gap State Park, Gunpowder Falls, Piney Run Reservoir, Hunting Creek, Beaver Creek, Deep Creek Lake, Broadford Lake, Herrington Manor State Park, Rocks State Park, Lake Needwood, Great Seneca Creek, Lake Elkhorn, Blairs Valley Lake and Greenbrier State Park.