Neighborhood Projects:  Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association (2018)

The Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association (BCGF) is a non-profit conservation club that owns 43 acres of mostly forested land in Carney, featuring a large Club House, outdoor pavilion, fish pond, and shooting range.  Formed in 1936, the club's mission is to protect and preserve the game, fish, forests and waters within the State of Maryland.

The Bay-Wise Project at BCGF, funded by a Chesapeake Bay Trust Outreach and Restoration Grant, grew out of the club members' desire to protect fish and wildlife. Throughout the year, we worked with members to install multiple Bay-Wise practices to reduce pollution, improve water quality, provide wildlife habitat, and attract beneficial pollinators. 

Project Accomplishments

The Bay-Wise Project at BCGF hosted 11 free educational workshops throughout the year. With the assistance of approximately 200 volunteers we were able to install the following on-site:

  • 187 native trees and shrubs across 4 acres
  • 4 rain barrels
  • 2 rain gardens
  • 1 Bayscape garden

Bay-Wise Certification for the Club

Baltimore County Game and Fish's primary interest in the Clear Creeks Project was to improve water quality and provide healthy habitat for fish and wildlife. By installing rain barrels and several conservation gardens, they also achieved Bay-Wise Certification for their property. Visitors can now view the blue Bay-Wise sign, which announces that the club follows sustainable landscape practices for a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

The Clear Creeks Project has grant funding through 2023 to install Bay-Wise Practices at businesses and institutions at a discounted rate. 

  • Improve water drainage issues economically
  • Beautify the landscape in an environmentally-friendly way
  • Engage employees or members in meaningful, community-strengthening activities

Contact Amy Young, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Clear Creeks Project Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator, to schedule a Clear Creeks Project presentation at an upcoming meeting.

The Clear Creeks Project is made possible through funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Chesapeake Bay Trust; Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability; Baltimore Gas and Electric; Gunpowder Valley Conservancy; and Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, administered by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.