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Patapsco State Park 'Wavyleaf Mapping Project'

Invasive plants spread like wildfire, destroying much of what's in its path
Invasive plants spread like wildfire, destroying much of what's in its path
Anna Renault

On Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, volunteers are asked to join the walk through the woods of the McKeldin Area of the park. This activity is to search and document a rapidly spreading problem… the “villain of the valley”… is an invasive plant that is spreading like wildfire. Volunteers under 16 are welcome if they are accompanied by and supervised by an adult.

The invasive grasses, the Wavyleaf, is tagged as the villain of the valley
Anna Renault

The particular villain in this particular search-and-document walk is the Wavyleaf plant. For more information on this project and/or to download the application they are using on your iPhone or Android smartphone (currently only Android), or record points on your handheld GPS, go to website page at Towson University.

It is suggested that volunteers arrive at 8:45 to allow for a short 15-minute workshop to learn more about “Wavyleaf Mapping Project.” This project is sponsored by the Towson University – Department of Biological Sciences, The School of Emerging Technologies and the Patapsco Valley State Park with the support of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway organization.

Volunteers are reminded to wear a hat, long pants and sleeves, so any prickly underbrush or insects won't bother you. Good sturdy walking/hiking shoes are needed. Bring your iPhone or Android smartphone or handheld GPS. Also remember your water bottle to keep you hydrated as you hike.

For more information about this project, email Professor Vanessa B. Beauchamp at or call 410-704-2286

Event date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: Patapsco Valley State Park, McKeldin Area, Shelter 540
Parking: Designated parking space near Shelter 540

To register, visit Patapsco Heritage Greenway.
Click on "Event Registration."

Directions from the Baltimore Beltway:
I695/I-70 West, take I-70 to Marriottsville Rd, (Exit 83)
Go North on Marriottsville Rd. four miles to the park entrance on the right.

From I-70 East, take Route 40 to Marriottsville Rd.
Turn left. Park entrance is 5 miles on the right.

Follow the loop road and park near Shelter 540, The park map can be located on the park's website page.

For GPS use: 11676 Marriottsville Road; Marriottsville, MD 21104

Look for the posted signs and PHG staff wearing the bright orange safety vests to direct you to registration!

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