Conservancy planning festivities for Earth Day

April 15, 2004

The Howard County Conservancy will present its annual Earth Day Celebration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at its headquarters, Mount Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road, in Woodstock.

Participants, who should take a picnic lunch, can plant trees, clear invasive non-native species, clean up and mulch trails on the 232-acre nature reserve. An opportunity to hike on nature trails is planned.

A bird walk is planned from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tree-planting and cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon. A master gardener plant sale is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by the Howard County Master Gardeners, the Howard County Bird Club and the Sierra Club.

The Howard County Conservancy, a private, nonprofit land trust, preserves land in the county through conservation easements, manages the 232-acre Mount Pleasant farm property and offers environmental education programs for children.

The foundation for the Gudelsky Education Center, the county's first nature center, has been laid, said Martha Moore, volunteer coordinator for the conservancy. The center is scheduled to open in the fall.

Information: 410-465-8877, or visit www.hcconservancy.org.

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