B&A Trail Project
(Project Summary & Newspaper Article)
Project Summary: SRA Completes B & A Trail Native Plant Project
Next time you are biking, walking, or rollerblading on the B & A Trail, take a moment to look at the brand new sign near Cypress Creek Road. in Severna Park. Among the stands of tangled invasive plants like ivy and bamboo, there is a new SRA-sponsored demonstration of sustainable landscaping with native plants. This is just the ticket, if you are thinking about planting on a slope near the Severn River and want to use low-maintenance, wildlife-friendly, and beautiful native plants. Come see them!
The SRA worked jointly with the Fish and Wildlife Service BayScapes program and Friends of the B & A Trail to establish this native plant demonstration project on the Trail. The cost of the installation was funded by a grant from the MD Dept. of Natural Resources. SRA, Fish and Wildlife, and neighborhood folks worked to clear the site of alien plants and then plant the gorgeous natives in their place.
There was a special effort for the project to control the invasive bamboo adjacent to the site. Most of the ornamental bamboo we plant is native to Asia, and many species are highly invasive and difficult to control, once established. A special thick, but flexible plastic barrier was buried on the left side of the project to help prevent the bamboo runners from creeping back into the site.
Britt Slattery designed the planting plan to include examples of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants that provide color and interest all year long. They are all native plants, which are well adapted to our climate and droughty periods, and are resistant to pests. They benefit native wildlife, providing the food and nesting sites our local critters evolved with. Although this is a fairly shady sloped site, many of these plants will do well in multiple conditions.
To see the project, look near the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd, not far from the Woods Community Center.
Get more information at the BayScapes program. For examples of native plants to use in your landscape, consult the online version of Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping. This is a great publication with photos and information on each plant.
Native plant project gets rid
of invasive species on B&A
At long last, the sun came out as shovel-toting volunteers converged on a section of the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail on Saturday. The group came together to tackle a massive planting of native trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and flowers.
Only a short time before, the planting site, a sloped area just below
Cypress Creek Road, was a dense tangle of bamboo, English Ivy, and
Japanese honeysuckle, all of them alien, invasive species.
(Revised Dec 2006)