Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Grasonville, Maryland November (bottom photo is Baccharis halimifolia)

I visited the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville Maryland Saturday. It was my brother-in-law Eric's birthday. It's a wonderful place, agreen Nature Center with trails leading through a Loblloy Pine Woodland to salt marshes, and ultimately to Kent Narrows.

I did some research and discovered that the woodland is classified as Global Element Code CELG006849, Pinus taeda/Morella cerifera/Spartina patens Tidal Woodland. A montypic overstory of Loblolly Pines with a very open understory was much as describes by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources publicaation. We saw plenty of Smilax, Toxicodendron, Iva, Baccharis, Morella and the expected grasses. The trail, exiting the forest, led us out into high marsh. We had arrived late in the day, and so headed back. It's a good place to return to though.

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