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Pirate's Wharf Project Pushing Forward

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Pirate's Wharf Trees on Whitehaven Road (Photo: WBOC) Pirate's Wharf Trees on Whitehaven Road (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.- Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver told WBOC on Tuesday the plan to turn Pirate's Wharf into a county park is still on the table and moving forward.

The county has owned the more than 200 acres of land on Whitehaven Road for almost 20 years.  According to Culver, there was always an intention of doing something with the land, and the county executive said there is no better time than now.

Culver is discussing the plans at Tuesday night's Wicomico County Council meeting during an open workshop.  He told WBOC on Tuesday that he has met with the Lower Shore Land Trust about the project, along with the Maryland State Forester.  Culver said he has also met with an archaeologist to ensure nothing would be disturbed by the park project.  The plan includes the select cutting, not clear cutting, of some of the forest and using the money from the timber to help create the park.

However some folks, including members of Friends of the Forest - Salisbury, worry about a long-term impact at Pirate's Wharf.

"We see that there is a much larger pool of water that happens here every year and if you try and replant trees into this space after you cut them down, they might now grow.  So there's a potential issue here," said group member, Niahm Short.

Culver said the select cutting of some trees has been recommended for the crowded forest.  And while some members of Friends of the Forest are in favor of Pirate's Wharf being better utilized by the public, the group members want to ensure the land maintains its unique environmental qualities.

"It's a great resource," said group member, Brian Knode.  Let's take time and look at all of the input from all of the residents of the county, the input from Mr. Culver, input from parks and rec, and make a plan."

Culver said the Maryland State Forester has created a conservation plan for Pirate's Wharf that details the cutting and the maintenance of the trees in the forest.

Members of Friends of the Forest tell WBOC they are going to push the county council to have a health assessment and forest management plan created for the land.

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