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Somerset County Set to Open 3 Water Trails

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DEAL ISLAND, Md.- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust and officials from Somerset County on Tuesday afternoon will announce the opening of a network of three water trails offering paddlers a unique view into the wildlife, plants and maritime history of Monie Bay.

The addition of the trails will enhance public water access within the Deal Island Wildlife Management Area and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, a longtime need at Monie Bay.

Public access to water is not only a goal of the State but also of the new regional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

A Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern designed the trails to give visitors the opportunity to experience firsthand the rich ecology of this salt marsh habitat.

An announcement will be made at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees are invited to paddle the trail afterwards (bring your own kayak/canoe/vessel).

The announcement location will be held at Dames Quarter Boat Ramp on Messick Road; Dames Quarter, MD 21821.

This event also coincides with the Wetlands & Wildlife Field Day, now in its 21st year, which provides a meaningful outdoor educational experience for every fourth grader in Somerset County.

This annual event is hosted by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Somerset County Department of Education.


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