Hawkins Road Pilot Trail Building

Hawkins Road Pilot Trail Building

Sunday, August 23rd starting at 10am

At every Walk for the Woods, participants ask us about opportunities for public access to Bacon Ridge and often volunteer to help with trail building. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!

AAC Recreation & Parks has contracted with Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) and volunteers from TrailWerks Cyclery to create the first hiker/biker trail in Bacon Ridge Natural Area near the intersection of Hawkins Road and I-97.

Many joyous Sundays of work are planned and they would love your help on their kick-off work day. This will be tough (but fun) trail building work. You will be required to sign a liability waiver. Please bring working-in-the-dirt shoes and clothes, and if you have them, work gloves. 

For more information visit the Bacon Ridge Project Facebook Page call Trailwerks Cyclery at  and to make a donation to support this project visit MORE

Cliff Andrew "DocBear" Starts Another Adventure

Cliff Andew Starts Another Adventure

  July 31, 2015 - August 16, 2015DocBear Close up

Cliff Andrews, "DocBear", former president of SRLT Board of Directors once again takes to the Appalachian Trail to benefit SRLT and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

In his words: 

 "Over the years as a physician I have developed an understanding of the importance of physical exercise in health; as a naturalist, a sense of wonder in our natural world; and as local land trust president, an appreciation of the importance of preserving remaining wild and natural areas. Each summer I take a couple of weeks off from doctoring to pursue challenging outdoor activities, immersing myself in the wonders of nature, and raising both awareness and much-needed funds for conservation.

Consequently, in the past 12 years with 5 marathons, 4 bike rides, and 3 backpacking trips I have raised over $75,000 for both the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, which has now preserved over 3000 acres of natural areas, and for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which protects and maintains a 2200 mile rustic footpath from Georgia to Maine along America’s eastern spine. 

Three years ago I started a 10-year planned section hike along the entire 2200-mile Appalachian Trail: in 2012 from Springer Mountain Georgia to North Carolina, in 2013 from North Carolina to Tennessee, and in 2014 from Tennessee to Virginia. This summer, I plan to pick up where I left off last year, backpacking 200 miles from Bland VA to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I will carry everything I need on my back (food, water, sleeping bag & tent) hiking between 12-15 miles per day from July 31 through August 16 joining up with my brother along the way.  I plan to eventually complete this journey atop Mount Katahdin in Maine on my 75th birthday on September 10, 2021.

I am making this trek in effort to raise $7500 for preservation of wilderness areas. I am seeking 100 pledges of $25 (12.5¢/mi); 50 pledges of $50 (25¢/mi); and 25 pledges of $100 (50¢/mi). I am asking that you please consider making a tax-deductible contribution either directly by credit card on the secure websites below, or by check to either or both of the following conservation organizations:
The Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Attn: Dr Andrew’s Fundraiser
Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Attn: Dr Andrew’s Fundraiser

You may follow the course of my trek from July 31-Aug 16 on my daily blog B4P4 Backpacking For Preservation IV: "                     

Adopt A Plot



Logo design by Meredith Van de Kamp

A few years ago, Bay Ridge residents rose to the challenge and preserved 90 acres to forest within their community.  Now they need helpers to rise to the cause and help protect these beautiful woods from invasive plants that take over and strangle the trees.

Bay Ridge is launching their Adopt A Plot program in August 2015, where a person or household commits to cutting vines from trees in a small patch of forest once a year to keep invasives from taking over - that's it!  Very easy, very helpful and rewarding.

Read Bay Ridge's article to learn more, and here's a great illustration on it's importance.


South River Greenway Happy Hour - July 29, 2015

South River Greenway Happy Hour - July 29, 2015


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  • Wednesday July 29th
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • The Greene Turtle in Waugh Chapel Towne Center: 2383 Brandermill BlvdGambrills, MD 21054 
Join the Scenic Rivers Land Trust for an informal discussion on:

²Opening public access to Bacon Ridge Natural Area;
²How protecting your land can provide property, income and estate tax benefits; and
²Advocating the use of Forest Conservation Act funds for providing cash incentives to preserve forest lands.

SRLT has special interest in the South River Greenway (the headwaters of the South River). We hold the easement on the county’s 1000-acre Bacon Ridge Natural Area, which you may know from our annual Walk for the Woods held on this scenic parcel.

Come to our Happy Hour to learn about:

The intricacies of conservation easement, which isa legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust to preserve the conservation values of private landssuch as forests, scenic vistasandwildlife habitat. Easements may allow significant  propertyincome and estate tax deductions. For more information visit, or come meet us for a cold drink and snacks; we will be happy to fill you in.
Wwould like help in advocating the use of Forest Conservation Act (FCA) funds to purchase conservation easements from landowners; however, we need to know the potential interest in this approach. Come learn how other landowners have realized significant tax savings and preserved their private lands for successive generations.

We will be offering complimentary light fare and drinks.

RSVP required by July 27th
Sarah Knebel
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(410) 980 - 6837

Preservation Paddle! July 17, 2015

 Preservation Paddle! July 17, 2015


  • Friday, July 17th, 2015kayaking West River
  • 6:00-8:00pm
  • Discovery Villiage: 4800 Atwell Rd, Shady Side, MD 20764


The West Rhode Riverkeeper and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust are teaming up for a fun kayak paddle to visit some restoration sites and property protected by SRLT. Come join us and learn about what it means to preserve and protect land, all while enjoying a beautiful kayak paddle. Its a great opportunity to meet SRLT staff and ask questions about preservation options for your own land.

Reservations: Please contact Sarah Knebel via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say you're coming and need a kayak, paddle and/or life jacket. We have a limited number of kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets, so let us know ahead of time if you need to borrow!

Please feel free to bring your own kayak(s), paddle(s), and lifejacket(s), but please still RSVP so we know how many people are coming.

We plan to start paddling at 6:00pm, so please plan to arrive around 5:30 to get set up.