The watershed of the Chesapeake Bay has been dramatically altered by man over the past 400 years. The native hard wood forests were all cleared for timber and for farmland. The extensive wetlands were drained, dammed, or filled in to better fit the perceived needs of the people settling the land. Old species of plants and animals were greatly minimized or eliminated. New plants were introduced and invasive plants were given new opportunities to thrive. But the Bay's watershed is resilient and if given the chance it has a remarkable capacity to try to regenerate itself.
The Ward Museum was completed in 1991. At that time the entire water's edge of Schumaker's Pond was without plants. The grass lawn extended down to the beach. No plants have been planted along this nature trail. They have all "volunteered" to grow here. They are reclaiming the habitat that is theirs. There are over 50 types of plants along our trail today most of which are native in this area.
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|Placed By||Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 5:03pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 450024 N 4244989|
|Decimal Degrees||38.35166667, -75.57195000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 21.1', W 75° 34.317'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 21' 6" N, 75° 34' 19.02" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||410, 443, 302|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 909 S Schumaker Dr, Salisbury MD 21804, US|
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