Maryland Coastal Bays Continues Lizard Hill Restoration

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Maryland Coastal Bays Continues Lizard Hill Restoration

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:04 PM EDT

By Lauren Holloway

BISHOPVILLE, Md. - Seventeen volunteers came out to Lizard Hill to help the Maryland Coastal Bays remove invasive species from the area.

The volunteers came from The Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania on a mission trip. The group will be spending the week helping out with the Bishopville Dam project.

Chris Sawyer was one of the volunteers and he says this project falls near to his heart.

"I have some volunteer work back at home I do, I'm actually a wetlands scientist so I have some opportunities and connections back at home so I help out as much as I can," Sawyer said.

The volunteers pulled invasive species out of the grounds and replaced them with native plants. Lizard Hill is part of the million dollar Bishopville Dam Removal and Fish Passage.

The State Highway Administration paid for the Lizard Hill Project. Amanda Poskaitis from MCBP says they would like to create a tertiary forest out of almost nothing.

"They put down a seed mix and tried to get all the native species up and running but of course since it was bare dirt, invasive species like to colonize," Poskaitis said.

There are four species the group is targeting; one of the most common is known as the Asian Pear.

MCBP encourages residents in the area to plant their own native plants. To help maintain the area around the Bishopville Dam, MCBP has planted over 6,000 Atlantic White Cedar Trees.

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