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South River Greenway a Top Conservation Priority for Washington D.C. Region!
Northeast Region, December 14, 2009
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Woodland understory in South River Greenway, USFWS
Woodland understory in South River Greenway, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Kentucky warbler, USFWS
Kentucky warbler, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Washington Smart Growth Alliance announced that the South River Greenway is one the top five Regional Conservation Priorities for Washington D.C. area. The goal of the Regional Conservation Priorities List is to promote conservation initiatives that contribute most to our future quality of life.


The South River Greenway is the result of a partnership among local landowners, The Scenic Rivers Land Trust, The South River Federation, The Trust For Public Land, Biophilia Foundation, Anne Arundel County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office.


The South River Greenway, located just minutes from Annapolis, contains two of the largest forested tracts remaining in Anne Arundel County, along with 100 miles of streams, 800 acres of wetlands, and a number of historical and cultural sites.


The Greenway provides regionally important habitat for birds, reptiles and aquatic species and if preserved could also provide a network of trails to serve the region's recreational needs.


Located in the Washington-Baltimore corridor, the unprotected forested lands have faced intense development pressures. Key purchases and easements to connect the 2,500 acres already under permanent protection can help save the South River Greenway as an environmental and recreational resource.       


All five conservation priorities were chosen by an independent jury that selects those few projects or programs that offer the most promise or that are of the highest urgency.


For more information:

Alyssa Domzal

South River Greenway Coordinator




Rich Mason



Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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