Visit MCBP’s Showell property off of Pitts Road in Showell, MD. This restoration site, just 7 minutes northwest of Ocean Pines, is held under an easement through the Lower Shore Land Trust. Visitors are welcomed to walk or bike around this property.
Directions: Click this link for a Google Map with directions.
Coming from Route 113, turn off the highway in Showell like you are going to get onto Peerless Rd but make your immediate left onto 113 Business South, towards Pitt's Road. Turn right onto Pitts Road. Travel 0.65 miles to an unmarked road (Hadder Lane on the map). This is an unpaved, unsigned road, which runs alongside a deep ditch (be careful). As you approach a meadow up against a forest you will see yellow "POSTED" signs. Park at a convenient spot.
About this property:
The Salisbury University Bird Club and biology students are involved in monitoring studies on this property.
There are two locations on the property where drain pipes connect previously closed off floodplains with agricultural ditches. In times of high water flow these ditches fill to the level of these pipes and flood the old flood plains. At this point the water can filter through the soil into the ground water, which will make it less nutrient loaded before it eventually enters the St. Martin River. The installation of one pipe is shown below.
An MCC trail day in Showell:
The Maryland Conservations Corps, an AmeriCorps program, has a crew stationed at Assateague State Park. They regularly help MCBP to complete on the ground projects. During the spring of 2012 the MCC cut a trail through the woods at this site for public use. The trail has received minimal maintenance since that time. If you would like to assist with trail mainenance at this site, contact Watershed Program Coordinator Amanda Poskaitis at firstname.lastname@example.org.