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