Neighborhood Projects:  Maryland State Game & Fish Protective Association (2017)

The Maryland State Game and Fish Protective Association (MSGFPA) is a conservation club located on 25 acres in Perry Hall, MD. Formed in 1895, the MSGFPA is considered the oldest conservation club in the country! The Bay-Wise Project at MSGFPA, funded by a Chesapeake Bay Trust's Outreach and Restoration Grant, grew out of the club members' desire to protect fish and wildlife. Throughout the year, we worked with club 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 MSGFPA hosted 9 free educational workshops throughout the year. With the assistance of approximately 300 volunteers we were able to install the following on-site:

  • 200 native trees and shrubs across 4 acres
  • 6 rain barrels
  • 1 rain garden
  • 1 Children's Bayscape garden
  • 2 microbioretention practices

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy donated a new American flag for the MSGFPA property. The Project's Open House incorporated a flag retirement ceremony conducted by local Girl Scouts.

MSGFPA Board Member, Tom Moore, earned the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's 2017 Community Leader of the Year award for his outstanding commitment to the project success.

Bay-Wise Certification for the Club

Maryland State Game & 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.

Engaging local Scout troops

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and the MSGFPA both seek to provide youth with meaningful nature experiences. Local Boy and Girl Scouts attended Bay-Wise project workshops and a Girl Scout organized the October tree planting as part of her Golden Award effort. 

Visitor Bay-Wise Practices Tour

The 5,500 annual MSGFPA visitors will now have access to a self-guided Bay-Wise Practices tour. Educational signs are located near the rain barrels, Bayscape, rain garden, microbioretention practices, and native tree plantings.


"Before the installation of our first microbioretention (MBR) we had a constant ponding problem in our gravel parking lot after a hard or long period of rain. Right after the installation of the first MBR, we noticed that the ponding was no longer a problem, the MBR really works!" ~ Tom Moore, Secretary/Treasurer, Maryland State Game & Fish Protective Association

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.