Category Archives: Forests

Get outside and enjoy the end of summer.

We had a great hike around Kendall Ridge, Maryland on this past Thursday. I bet you have never been there. It was a 2 mile walk – part of the 120 miles of paths in Howard County. It was 1 … Continue reading

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Pokemon GO is brilliant – Whatever it takes to get people outside.

I love the fact that I am seeing hundreds of people of all ages out on the paths during these hot days of summer. It took me a few minutes to appreciate what they were doing: they are all playing … Continue reading

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Bats, Bullfrogs, and Fireflies

Kathy and I walked a friend home after dinner last night along an unlit path through the woods. The sun had set, the moon was out and we could see numerous stars – it was a spectacular time for a … Continue reading

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Road Salt as a Water Quality Issue

This summary was written by Mark Southerland for the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board. We are all familiar with the use of road salt to melt ice and snow from paved roadways in the winter. There are a variety of … Continue reading

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National Parks Revisited on Their 100th Anniversary

This is the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. What a wonderful bipartisan step that was to institutionalize a process for creating and maintaining national parks throughout the country. They are enjoyed each year by millions … Continue reading

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Mosses – Our Local Sustainability Experts

When you go for a walk today, take a moment to marvel at the amazing wonders that we call mosses. Bend down close, even get on your hands and knees, and examine all the shapes, textures, and colors that you will … Continue reading

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Ranger Max Considers Trail Etiquette – Guest Post

Max has been a Volunteer Ranger at Maryland’s Patapsco Valley State Park (PVSP) since he retired back in 2010. He made a personal goal of hiking each major trail in the park for the fun of it and so he … Continue reading

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Best Places to Visit in Howard County, Maryland

I am often asked “What are the best places to visit right here in Howard County?” This is a tough question because there are so many interesting spots across the county. Visiting them all would literally fill up your weekends for the entire … Continue reading

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Another Columbia Secret Place – Come Explore River Hill

River Hill does not have a lake, but it was supposed to have one – the largest one planned for Columbia. It was nixed by the Army Corp of Engineers and as a result, and with plenty of lobbying by … Continue reading

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Green, Green, Green – a guest post by Max Buffington

In the fall of 2014, my wife and I were drawing near the end of an extended  vacation to the southwestern USA. We had driven over 5,000 miles through desert, mountains and prairie. We had viewed many beautiful landscapes, sunsets. … Continue reading

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