Deer Creek Notes

Newsletter of the Deer Creek Watershed Association

Lee McDaniel Honored with National Association of Conservation Districts’ Prestigious President’s Award

February 4, 2012 by deercreekmd 

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) honored leaders in conservation during a special awards banquet last night. The ceremony was part of NACD’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and was moderated by National Association of Farm Broadcasting President Tom Steever.

Lee McDaniel, NACD Executive Board Member and Deer Creek Watershed Association past president and board member from Darlington, Md., was honored with the prestigious President’s Award – one of highest forms of recognition bestowed by the nation’s largest private lands conservation organization.

“As I look back over the past year, I am humbled by the fact that we are clearly making a difference for conservation at the national scale,” said NACD President Gene Schmidt. “Someone who has been truly instrumental in helping us make the advances we have is Lee McDaniel. Whenever there’s been a challenge or an opportunity, Lee has stepped up to the plate and gone above-and-beyond for the cause of conservation.”

McDaniel, a beef and crop farmer, is deeply involved in conservation issues both locally and nationally. McDaniel serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee. He manages family-owned and operated Indian Spring Farms and has been recognized as the Harford Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year. He currently serves as chairman of the Harford Soil Conservation District.

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit:

Streamside Buffers and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Workshop Nov. 4 in Forest Hill

October 9, 2011 by deercreekmd 


Friday, November 4, 2011

8:30 – 9:00am Check-in time (light refreshments served)
9:00am – 12:00 noon Workshop
12:00 – 12:30pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 – 3:00pm Streamside buffer plantings tour (optional)

Harford County Extension Office
2335 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD

Sponsored by: Harford County Environmental Planning and the Harford Soil Conservation District

Pre-registration required. Please pre-register by November 1, 2011 by emailing your name, address, phone number, and number attending to or by calling 410-838-6181, ext 3.

Workshop Topics:
• Benefits of streamside (riparian) buffers.
• CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) benefits to landowners and the environment (signing bonuses, incentive payments, cost-share assistance, how to enroll)
• Presentations by several property owners already enrolled in CREP
• Tour of several properties with established streamside buffers

268-Acre Camp Moshava Property along Deer Creek Protected through Rural Legacy Program

August 1, 2011 by deercreekmd 

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:

Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve the land through the Rural Legacy Program.

“By partnering with landowners to preserve Maryland’s heritage and natural beauty, we are creating an actual rural legacy to be enjoyed by our children and theirs,” said Governor O’Malley.

Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area (Harford County) — The Habonim Camp will permanently protect 268 acres within a large block of lands already protected with conservation easements totaling over 3,000 acres. Water quality will be preserved through a 100-foot forested buffer along 7,450 feet of Deer Creek. The easement, which will eliminate 26 development rights, will be held by Harford County.

The property will remain a youth summer camp facility, providing recreation and environmental education. “Camp Moshava,” as it is known to hundreds of summer campers, is an ideal camp property nestled in the Deer Creek Valley of Harford County.

“The easement will not only protect the property from future residential development but also preserve woodland habitat, stream and river buffers and even a serpentine barrens area located on the property,” said William Amoss of the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning. “The funding for this easement will insure that future generations can come to ‘Camp Moshava’ to enjoy and learn from this outdoor experience and the importance of properties like this to the Chesapeake Bay.”

The Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area has approximately 32,444 acres, 49 percent of which are now protected.

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of forestry and agricultural land and natural resources, and for environmental protection while sustaining land for natural resource-based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has to date provided over $267 million to protect 72,384 acres of valuable farmland, forests, and natural areas. The 11-member Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and the Rural Legacy Board, which is comprised of Maryland’s Agriculture, Natural Resources and Planning Secretaries, reviews grant applications annually. For additional information, visit

The three member Board of Public Works is composed of Governor O’Malley (chair), Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultation contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement transactions.

Deer Creek Watershed Association Invites Public to Discuss Watershed Issues at Annual Meeting on May 26 in Darlington

April 30, 2011 by deercreekmd 

Hello Everyone!

The Deer Creek Watershed Association cordially invites you to our next annual meeting to meet our Directors and to talk with them about the goals and activities of the Association. Several broad areas may be of interest to you, including watershed planning, County master planning, natural resources planning and management, and economic and infrasture implications for the watershed, to name a few.

This has been a busy year. We can tell you what we have been doing, and we certainly would like to have your thoughts about what things you think need to be considered in the future. Please join us at the Harmony Deer Creek Presbyterian Church at 6:30pm on Thursday, 26 May 2011. The Church is located on Maryland Highway 161 at its intersection with Harmony Church Road, just a few miles south of the village of Darlington. We will meet in the building next to the church itself.

As always, our support for the watershed relies upon annual contributions, and you can become a contributor for the year 2011 now. Your contribution is fully tax deductible. We have established several levels of giving above the basic contribution of ten dollars. Your contributions help the Association carry out its purpose to promote the conservation of the natural resources of the Deer Creek Watershed.

To contribute, simply detach the completed section below and send it with your check payable to DCWA. Contributions are also accepted electronically at our website - Thank you for your support, and I hope you will join us on May 26th!

Mail to: DCWA, Inc., P. O. Box 111, Darlington, MD 21034-0111


Mailing Address:

Email Address (optional):

Level of Contribution:

Basic ($10) _____ Subwatershed ($50) _____

Tributary ($25) _____ Watershed ($100) _____

Other _______



Charles E. Day, III, President
Deer Creek Watershed Association, Inc.

Maryland Forest Service Backyard Buffers Program Offers Trees for Streamside Planting in Harford County

March 27, 2011 by deercreekmd 

A new program called the Backyard Buffers Program is starting this spring in Harford County. The program, administered through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Forest Service, started in Western Maryland several years ago and has been successful in helping to establish forested riparian buffers on properties of less than 5 acres that are located along a stream.

A streamside buffer can create habitat for wildlife, reduce peak water temperatures, and reduce the amount of sediment, fertilizer, and toxic materials that enter our waterways. Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can also stabilize stream banks, protecting them from erosion.

The Backyard Buffers program provides a free “buffer in a bag” to help get homeowners started in buffering their streamside. The bag includes twenty-five native tree and shrub bare-root seedlings, 1 to 2 feet in height, of various species that are well suited to streamside conditions.
Also included are fact sheets on tree planting techniques, typical planting arrangement, proper tree maintenance, native plant species suitable for streamside plantings, and additional information for those who wish to learn more.

If you are a homeowner and have a stream or other waterway on or adjacent to your property, and are interested in creating streamside buffer, complete the attached application form, detach it from the brochure, and return it to the address on the back with a letter stamp. The bags will be available for pickup at a designated local site in time for the spring planting season. If you need assistance with planting due to a disability, contact the Maryland DNR Forest Service office at the number on this brochure.

The application deadline for trees through the Harford County Backyard Buffers Program is April 8, 2011 (the application is part of the brochure) or people may call Frank Lopez at 410-836-4564 by April 8th to register. The trees will be available for pick-up within a week or two after that. Applicants will be notified of the pick-up date and location.

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