Conservation Initiatives

Conservation Initiatives

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Survey of the Chesapeake Bay: Conduct SAV surveys for the United States Fish & Wildlife Service in targeted watersheds of the Severn River.  Field data to be used in the annual SAV Distribution of the Chesapeake Bay published by the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS).  (Service hours available:  Unlimited)

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) to the Chesapeake Bay: Using planting stock from Sherwood SAV nursery, conduct SAV reforestation (transplant) operations within the Severn River.  Reforestation protocols established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Reforestation sites designated and approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland’s Board of Public Works.  Project funded in part the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  (Service hours available:  Unlimited)

Living Shorelines of the Chesapeake: Plant tidal marsh grasses resulting in the restoration of soft edge living shorelines along the shores of the Severn River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.  Planting protocols established by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources.  Project funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Anne Arundel County.  (Service hours available:  50)

Restoration of Oysters in the Severn River: Operate Sherwood’s oyster remote setting site and culture thousands of oysters for conservation oyster reef seeding.  Construct oyster floats and buckets for the culture of oysters.  Operations supported by the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Labs and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  (Service hours available:  10)

Nature Trail Rehabilitation: Using provide pruning shears, prune Nature Trail of encroaching branches and shrubs to an 8 foot width.   (Service hours available:  8 hours)

Howard’s Branch Atlantic White Cedar (AWC) Forest: Under the auspices of Yale University, the State of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Department of the Environment, collect AWC seeds for cultivation and transplant.  Maintain the 2 acre site for growth of this globally threatened species.

Humanitarian Initiatives

Treats for Troops: Collect, organize, and send treats to American troops serving overseas.  Collect, organize and send stuffed animals and toys used by medical personnel in the treatment of wounded Iraqi children.

Scholastic Initiatives

William F. Cochran Archival Scholar: Collect, construct, and organize a digital archive of local history for the Sherwood Forest Archival Program.  Copy (scan) loaned works to the living history of Sherwood Forest from private holdings.