Kent preserve is boon to fox squirrels

November 06, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

With the help of Remington Farms in Kent County, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel has taken another step toward recovery in its historic range on the Eastern Shore.

Last month, the Department of Natural Resources released 25 of the endangered species on the preserve.

"The release of 11 male and 14 female Delmarva fox squirrels was made to bolster the genetics of the small population of the species already established on Remington Farms," said Glenn Therres, DNR's fox squirrel specialist.

"The Delmarva fox squirrel recovery plan, prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calls for supplementing established populations started with fewer than 25 animals."

The squirrels released in Kent County came from healthy populations in Dorchester County.

Mark Conner, manager of Remington Farms, said: "As a private demonstration area for wildlife management, we feel it is appropriate to accommodate the Eastern Shore's own endangered species."

The Delmarva fox squirrel historically ranged in mature forests throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The species was declared endangered in 1967. Maryland's DNR has been attempting to re-establish populations in suitable forests since 1978.

Delmarva fox squirrels were first released at Remington Farms in the early 1980s.

Fair Hill hunt

A managed deer hunt will be held at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County from Jan. 9 through Jan. 14. Participants in the shotgun hunt will be selected by a lottery drawing on Nov. 28. Lottery applications must be received by Nov. 25.

No more than 65 hunters per day will be allowed, and tree stands will be prohibited.

A nonrefundable fee of $5 and copies of the front and back sides of current Maryland hunting licenses must accompany all applications.

Application forms are available from any DNR regional service center or by mail from Fair Hill NRMA, 376 Fair Hill Drive, Elkton, Md. 21921. Mailed requests should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return mailing.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to DNR-Fair Hill.

America3 has boat on way

America3, the women's team competing for the defender's role in the America's Cup next May, will build a new boat and expects to have it in the water early next year.

Bill Koch, chairman of the America3 Foundation and co-skipper of the winning boat in the last cup, said recently that a large increase in sponsorship dollars from Chevrolet was a major factor in the group's decision to proceed with construction of a new boat.

The women's team has been training in America3, which won the last Cup, and Kanza, the newest of the first generation of International America's Cup Class boats.

By the time the new boat is launched, it probably will be the newest of the second generation of IACC yachts. It will be built by Goetz Custom Sailboats in Rhode Island.

Matapeake construction

The construction work on the breakwater and fishing pier at Matapeake on Kent Island should be completed on schedule in May, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

When completed, the breakwater and pier will be 870 feet long. The facility also will include tackle shelves, an improved boat launching ramp and fishing facilities for the physically challenged.

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