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National Night Out For SDCI!

nnoflier2021.jpgSDCI was excited to be invited back for another year at this week's National Night Out event in Owings Mills!

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Meet Lynell Tobler: Conserving Soldiers Delight

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Park Week Kickoff Event at Soldiers Delight

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SDCI president Laura Van Scoyoc and vice president Lynell Tobler stand with Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford at the Park Week Kickoff event at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area in Owings Mills
On Saturday, April 10, Maryland's Lieutenant Governor, Boyd Rutherford, announced the first Maryland State Park Week at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area in Owings Mills.

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Hiking At Soldiers Delight

Serpentine TrailWith the coronavirus pandemic and its extended restrictions on activities the public can enjoy has come an explosion in hiking enthusiasts eager to take advantage of Soldiers Delight's isolated terrain and unique landscape. Read what makes Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area such a great place for hiking, and what you can do to keep it that way!

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Winter 2019-2020 Serpentine Ecosystem Restoration Wrap-up!

Read the seasonal wrap-up by our Serpentine Ecosystem Restoration Program (SERP) Volunteer Coordinator Paula Becker on what was accomplished this winter in our ongoing struggle against invasive plants at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area. (Content edited for clarity)

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Grass Fire At Soldiers Delight

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Photo by Ranger Mike Travers
On Tuesday, January 21 at 5:40 p.m., crews from the Baltimore County Fire Department were dispatched to a brush fire on the east side of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area in Owings Mills. Firefighters accessed the area via Sunnyking Road; the fire burned just west of the Red Run Trail near the Choate Mine Trail. The fire was contained by approximately 7:00 p.m. Maryland Forest Service officials confirmed that the extent of area burned was 10.8 acres.

Fire crews on foot contained the low temperature, slow-rolling fire using hand tools and backpack Indian tanks, which carry five gallons of water and are operated with a hand pump. No heavy trucks or chemical retardants were used to access or contain the small blaze. The primary fuel consumed was dried grasses and wildflowers. The fire did not burn into the surrounding woods. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources conducts prescribed burns annually in spring and autumn at Soldiers Delight (weather permitting), as part of the serpentine ecosystem restoration program. These regular, controlled burns effectively reduce the fuel load and the risk of damage from uncontrolled wildfires.

Many thanks to the Baltimore County Fire Department for their excellent job in suppressing this fire while avoiding any damage to the ecosystem.

Jack A. Wennerstrom, RIP

Author, poet, naturalist and ardent fan of Soldiers Delight

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Author and former SDCI board president Jack Wennerstrom
SDCI is mourning the death of a past board president and one of Soldiers Delight's most passionate supporters, Jack Wennerstrom, who died unexpectedly on December 30. Read Fred Rasmussen's beautifully written and comprehensive obituary to see how this renowned author and conservationist made the natural world (and Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area) his personal muse and avocation.

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