Woods in Your Backyard

The ThorpeWood team assembled this past Saturday at the Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort to attend The Catoctin Land Trust’s Woods in Your Backyard program. The event is designed to unite local landowners in caring for our woodlands. The Catoctin Land Trust, The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forestry Service, and The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay joined forces to deliver this program.

They called us all to action with the following passage:

“Small lots, such as the one you may own, are a big deal. Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference when they work together. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and improved water quality.”

The event covered forest ecology, wildlife habitat enhancement, woodland inventory, tree identification, tree planting and care, invasive species control, planning, and more. We were most enlived by the outdoor portion which took us all on a tree identification walk in the woods. The whole event was delightfully informative and compelling. We ThorpeWood folk are all rallied to get our forest in tiptop health. We are meeting with our local forester next week to further our education and learn new tips for forest care. We hope to get ThorpeWood program participants involved in our upcoming projects – particularly invasive weed pulling!

If you’d like to help care for ThorpeWood’s forests, please reach out to Jeff at [email protected]!