Conservation Update: Nassawango Creek Preserve

Last week, the National Aquarium’s Conservation team traveled to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to restore a vital Atlantic white cedar habitat!

Published March 24, 2016

nassawango

The Atlantic white cedar is an evergreen tree found in a narrow portion of the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed. Historically, Atlantic white cedar forests were common along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In recent decades, these trees have been over-harvested and the wetland ecosystems they depend on have been drained. The Atlantic white cedar is now considered to be a rare plant species in the state of Maryland. 

As part of the National Aquarium’s Wetland Nursery program, students from four local districts have spent their school year caring for and monitoring Atlantic white cedar tree saplings. In the Fall, National Aquarium staff visited the schools to teach students about this vital native species and the importance of wetland habitats. 

Last week, 248 students and 28 community volunteers helped the National Aquarium plant 6,785 healthy Atlantic white cedar trees at Nassawango Creek Preserve.  

nassawango

Since 2009, the National Aquarium has worked with our partners at The Nature Conservancy to plant more than 20,000 Atlantic white cedar saplings throughout the preserve. These efforts will help restore this rare tree species and important freshwater wetland habitats in Maryland!


This project would not be possible without the support of our partners: The Nature Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Worcester County Schools, Somerset County Schools and the Maryland Conservation Corps.

Previous Post

Featured Stories

national-aquarium-staff-holding-rescue-sea-turtle-on-beach Animal Rescue Update: February Sea Turtle Release

Yesterday, National Aquarium Animal Rescue released 34 sea turtles on the Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!

Read the full story

artificial-oyster-reef-in-inner-harbor Harbor Happenings: Artificial Oyster Reef

The National Aquarium is taking another step to revitalize Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and attract native species with a new artificial oyster reef using shells from the Oyster Recovery Partnership!

Read the full story

Related Stories

End of Year Roundup: Conservation Wins

Published December 19, 2017

Anatomy of a Sawfish

Published October 17, 2017

Shark Tagging for the Ocean's Health

Andrew Pulver, Curator of the Animal Care Center and Marine Operations, shares how tagging can help us protect shark populations and preserve ocean habitats.

Subscribe on Youtube