Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Sep 27 2008 - Cleaning Up Fort McHenry (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Kevin Yue
Participants:Kevin Yue, Ruwan Alwis, Chi Song

Write Up:
Talk about a good time, albeit a little wet! Heavy rains came through the night before and threatened to keep pushing into the morning. The organizer thought it prudent to call the National Aquarium contact and lo and behold, the event was still on! They would only cancel if there was thunder and lightning, but seeing none of that, we went ahead with cleaning up a part of Fort McHenry.

After registering, picking up our free t-shirts and work gloves, we had a filling breakfast of bagels, juice, coffee, fruit, and water (mind you...ALL free, thanks to generous donations to the National Aquarium and the National Park Service). Once sated with food, the group took a short walk and was greeted by an overgrown drainage ditch. Taking directions from NPS gardener Mike, we took our shovels, rakes, cutters, and other tools and started digging the ditch clean of mud, leaves, overgrowth, and other debris. We even took down a bush overgrown with invasive species (including poison ivy!)!

Throughout the day, we bagged and transported the removed materials and luckily the rain held off. In only 3 hours, we cleaned approximately 570 feet of ditch (a little more than a good tenth of a mile!) and though we still have yet to hear from the National Aquarium and NPS about how much we bagged up, it's estimated that we removed about 45 garbage bags and a LOT of brush!

Thank you all for those who stuck through the wet weather to help clean up the area to get it ready for the Olympian Homecoming this weekend! We hope to see YOU at the next Fort McHenry Field Day (it's November 15)!

- Kevin

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