Volunteer Restoration Event at Ilia Fehrer Nature Preserve
The Ilia Fehrer Nature preserve is a 441-acre forested area located on Assateague Island Road. This property is owned by Worcester County and was purchased with grants from NOAA’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program and the Department of Natural Resources’ Program Open Space. MCBP is working with its partners to restore 60 acres of pine monoculture to deciduous forested wetlands for passive recreational uses, according to Watershed Program Coordinator, Amanda Poskaitis.
This area is part of the Holly Grove swamp, and is one of the largest areas in Berlin that is purely for wildlife and enjoying the outdoors, according to Poskaitis.
“People don’t realize the benefits of living in such a beautiful area…If we don’t preserve land like this, we won’t be able to preserve our wildlife,” she said.
The area is not yet open to the public, so MCBP volunteers will have a first look opportunity to see the site and participate in restoring it. Volunteers will be planting native shrubs to enhance the property. There is no experience necessary to volunteer.
MCBP is working with Worcester County to get the area open in the next five to 10 years to be opened as a park with recreational areas.
This event is part of MCBP’s 10 Days for the Bays program where a volunteer event is takes place on the second Saturday of each month throughout 2016.
For more information and to volunteer, contact Amanda at email@example.com or call (410) 213-2297, ext. 103. Volunteers are requested to register in advance. Volunteers should be prepared to wear proper attire, such as shoes/boots that can get dirty and wet to long sleeve shirts and pants to avoid ticks.Volunteers should also bring bug spray, water and bagged lunch.
The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to protecting the five bays behind Ocean City and Assateague Island.