USGS US Army Corps of Engineers NRCS University of Florida / IFAS Baltimore Marriott Waterfront NCER 2011 * 4th National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration * Aug 1-5, 2011 * Baltimore, MD

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August 21-25, 2011
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Sunday, July 31, 2011
 

Poplar Island: Paul S. Sarbanes Environmental Restoration Site
(Tour is limited to 20 people)

Field trip seating is very limited therefore participation is restricted to meeting attendees only.  Sorry, no guests.

Itinerary:  
7:30am Bus departs Baltimore Marriott Hotel
9:30am Arrive at Tilghman Island
10:00am  Boat ride to Poplar Island
10:00am-1:00pm Tour, lunch and lecture on Poplar Island
1:30pm Boat ride back to Tilghman Island
2:00pm-4:00pm  Bus returns to Hotel

*There is a small block of rooms reserved for Saturday night to assist those participants attending the Sunday tour. Please make sure to make your hotel room as soon as possible and state that you are with the NCER conference or the host hotel may fill.

Poplar Island, recently on the verge of disappearing, is today a national model for habitat restoration and the beneficial use of dredged material. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District has teamed with the Maryland Port Administration and other Federal and State agencies to restore Poplar Island using dredged material from the Baltimore Harbor and Channels Federal navigation projects (only approach channels). Just off the Chesapeake Bay coastline, about 34 miles south of Baltimore in Talbot County, MD, Poplar Island is being returned to its former size and important ecological function while helping to ensure the economic vitality of the region. Approximately 68 million cubic yards (mcy) of dredged material will be placed to develop 735 acres of wetlands, 840 acres of uplands and 140 acres of open water embayment.

At completion, Poplar Island will be half upland habitat and half wetlands. Trees, shrubs, and grasses will be planted in the uplands and the area will support terrapins, birds and mammals including foxes, raccoons, squirrels and deer. The wetlands will be a combination of low marshes and high marshes. Low marshes are wetland habitats that are regularly flooded by tidal waters. High marshes are infrequently flooded due to strong winds or exceptionally high tides. The wetlands will be planted with a variety of plants to provide habitat for a wide range of animals including, fish, shrimp, crabs, shorebirds, wading birds, and mammals.

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