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Sanctuaries Without Trails

Mandares Creek in Anne Arundel County
Marengo Woods in Talbot County
Seymour B. Cooper in Frederick County
Caroline W. Wilson in Garrett County

These sanctuaries have no trails or parking places. They are areas set aside for habitat for native flora and fauna.

Individuals wanting to visit these sanctuaries must make arrangements with Sanctuary Committee Chair Dominic Nucifora.


Anne Arundel County

This sanctuary consists of approximately 8 acres of waterfront property on Maynadier Creek, a tributary of the Severn River. It was a gift from Col. William G. Bodenstein, former president of the MOS. Habitat includes mostly shallow brackish to fresh marsh, some deciduous swamp, and about ½ acre of deciduous trees.


Talbot County

Donated by fifteen local landowners, the 50-acre Marengo Woods Sanctuary bounds the north side of Marengo Road at the intersection with Gregory Road about 4.5 miles west of Easton. The sanctuary topography is level with knolls and depressions which trap and hold storm water for extended periods, thus much of the area is swampy wetlands. The entire property is in a mid-successional natural regeneration stage following timber harvesting in the mid-1980's, and is contiguous on the north and east with over 100 acres of private forest. Loblolly Pine, and White, Basket, Willow and Southern Red Oaks, 15-25 inches in diameter at breast height, are dominant in the sparse upper canopy of seed-trees. Red Maple, Sweet Gum, Tupelo and young of dominant species form a well-developed lower canopy of small trees up to eight inches in diameter. American Holly, Highbush Blueberry and Sweet Pepper Bush are numerous in the over-topped communities. The variety of plant species in the sanctuary is limited, but insect, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal species are well represented.

There is a large memorial monument on the sanctuary property at the intersection of Marengo and Gregory Roads. Parking is not permitted along the roads.


Frederick County

In 1978, MOS acquired this 14.3 acres of land as a gift from the Nature Conservancy which had received it from the estate of the late Seymour B. Cooper. It is approximately 3.3 miles south of the Pennsylvania border and about the same distance from Camp David. It is located on the lower slope of 1700 foot Piney Mountain.

A paved road borders the property, which can be identified by a large sign with the name of the sanctuary. "No Hunting" signs and white blazes on the tree trunks indicate the boundaries. Painted stakes mark the corners of the property.

The habitat is a uniform deciduous forest of mostly oaks and maples. Chestnut Oak is the dominant tree, and the canopy averages 50-60 feet. The presence of American Chestnut saplings and older fallen logs indicate that this area was probably logged about the time of the Chestnut blight.


Garrett County

This sanctuary was obtained through a gift from The Nature Conservancy in 1988. Located at the headwaters of the Little Youghiogheny River it has a high-quality stream running through it fed by five smaller streams The 85.8 acres is entirely wooded with some shrubby wetlands near the southern end. The forested land consists of a mesic hardwood community grading into drier White Oak woods. About one-fourth is wetlands. The property is land-locked with the only access to it from the railroad tracks that run parallel to the north boundary. An old dirt road running along the north boundary had five wooden bridges that crossed the feeder streams. All of the bridges have collapsed and the road is reverting to woodlands. The sanctuary is located in the Altamont area near Deer Creek.