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.
Bay-Wise Certification for the Club
The Club'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, the club 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 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.