Three Western Maryland national parks this month concluded operations to reduce overabundant white-tailed deer that threaten the historic scenery of two Civil War battlefields and a 5,810-acre hardwood mountain forest. This season, more than eight tons of venison were donated to the local Maryland Food Bank, the Thurmont Food Bank, the Help Hotline and the Lunch Place soup kitchen.
Monocacy National Battlefield
Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland announced that a partnership agreement has been signed with the newly-formed Monocacy National Battlefield Foundation, which will assist the park with fundraising, recruitment, and as a community advocate.
Three National Park System units in western Maryland are turning to culling operations to tamp down the white-tailed deer populations in their parks. The National Park Service plans to donate all suitable meat from reduction activities to local food banks.
The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the Department of the Interior.
Gunshots could soon be echoing across the Antietam, Monocacy, and Manassas national battlefields near the nation's capital as National Park Service personnel work to bring down populations of white-tailed deer that are far above numbers that can interfere with natural revegetation on the landscape.
Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, the first Confederate invasion of the North occurred in September of 1862 at present-day Monocacy National Battlefield. You can gain a sense of that event next month when Civil War re-enactors set up a Confederate camp at the battlefield.
Someone with a taste for venison poached a majestic whitetail buck at Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland, where authorities are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever did the deed.
Natural beauty in the National Park System is not harbored solely in the Rocky Mountains, the High Sierra, or the Cascades. Drift through the pages of a new book that revolves around the nation's capital and you'll be treated to snow drifts and Swallowtail butterflies in perhaps the most unexpected places.
Development pressures, cellphone towers, and mining threats are among the concerns that landed the Antietam and Monocacy national battlefields, a portion of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, and seven other battlefields on the 2008 list of "Most Endangered" Civil War battlefields.2008 Endangered Battlefields.pdf