• Invasive Species Control Along a Maryland Roadway

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    Delmarva Power, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Queen Anne’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Town of Centreville, Md., and more than 20 private landowners partnered in spring 2013 to restore a traffic buffer and rights of way along a roadway to a native species of shrub. The tree planting and invasive species control project took place in conjunction with a Delmarva Power transmission rebuild project. The purpose of the project was to control the spread of the autumn olive, an invasive shrub that had overrun some sections of the buffer and rights of way and threatened habitat restoration efforts at the nearby Bloomfield Farm Park. The joint venture with federal, state and county governments preserved public recreation space in concert with natural resource conservation.

    A group of Delmarva Power employees joined with other volunteers to remove the autumn olive shrubs from the traffic buffer and rights of way and replace them with approximately 200 native, evergreen wax myrtle shrubs, which have fragrant leaves and attractive berries and are an excellent food source for wildlife, especially birds.  

    The habitat buffers at the Bloomfield Farm Park are important to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s efforts to restore habitat for wildlife, protect the Chesapeake Bay and keep the Corsica and Chester rivers clean. Reducing the spread of autumn olive protects the young forests and meadows in the restored parks. The wax myrtle shrubs will provide food and habitat for birds and grow into an attractive buffer between residents’ backyards and the roadway.