2018 Carroll County Forestry Board Winter Workshop

2018 Carroll County Forestry Board Winter Workshop
The 2018 Carroll County Forestry Board Winter Workshop is coming soon! During this workshop, you will learn tips to better manage your property by identifying insects that are beneficial, learning to use pesticides wisely, and heating efficiently with wood and pellets. This year there will also be a silent auction. All proceeds will provide tuition for two MD high school students to attend the Maryland Association of Forestry Board sponsored Natural Resources Careers Camp. You will be able to earn ISA Certified Arborist, MD licenced Tree Expert, SAF, and MD Pesticide Applicator credits as well.

Date: Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Location: VFW Post 465, 519 Poole Rd, Westminster, MD

Time: 8 am-3 pm.

Fee: $50 per individual or $75 per couple (one address)
This includes a morning coffee bar, pastries, lunch, and course materials. For more information, contact Donna Davis at donnal.davis@maryland.gov or 410-848-9290.


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Omnipresent Trees Inspire

Trees surround us, yet are extraordinary  and inspire awe.

Their numbers stagger: 3 trillion[i] worldwide. Globally, 60,065[ii] species exit with about 1,000[iii] in the United States and 60[iv] in Maryland.

A 5,062-year-old pine holds the record as the world’s oldest tree. A Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva), it grows in California’s White Mountains, according to the Tree-Ring Research Group.

One last note, while trembling aspens (Populus tremuloides) aren’t scientifically designated as trees, they are amazing living organisms that grow in tree-like form.

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Prepare for the Monarchs’ Return

Monarchs have begun their long journey to Mexico after spending the summer on the East Coast. With luck, a new generation will return next summer. What better way to prepare to welcome them back than to plan a garden of milkweed and other flowers?

Monarchs’ numbers have been dramatically declining. The causes are complex and not fully understood. Scientists, conservation groups and individuals have been working to save them. Gardeners can help too by providing them with nectar and host plants.


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Monarchs Take Flight

Monarch butterflies were released into the wild by children at a free workshop at the Eldersburg Library recently. It was the culmination of a series about native butterflies that was open to the public. It began in May and ended in September.

The butterflies, as well as a dozen or so chrysalises, were visible in delicate breeding cages during the final workshop. The Monarchs had been bred in University of Maryland (UMD) Extension Carroll County Master Gardeners’ (MG) homes during the summer in preparation for their release. Continue reading Monarchs Take Flight

Serve Your Birds a Feast of Native Plant Seeds

As summer blooms fade, it’s tempting to tidy up.


Cutting off flower heads is like emptying the pantry before Thanksgiving. Birds depend on seeds and berries to survive the fall and winter.

Grasses provide birds with food as well as cover from blustery winds. The leaves in your garden have been converted into winter homes for many insects including butterflies in various developmental stages.

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Fun with Native Plants