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Maryland Park Owners Address Ash Borer Threat

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November 1, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Where members of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds (MAC) gather, the mood is always upbeat, according to MAC president Sue Wendlandt, owner of Sandy Hill Family Camp, Quantico, Md.. MAC just held its fall meeting Oct. 26 at Ole Mink Farms Recreation Resort in Thurmont, Md., with seven campgrounds represented by around 15 people.

Representatives from Silvertop Manufacturing, Evergreen and a local firewood distributor were on hand. Joe and Jessica Tice introduced themselves as new owners of Anderson’s Brochure Distribution.

Guest speaker Cindy Ecaer, western region park manager with the Department of Natural Resources, gave updates on Maryland state parks.

Guest speaker Joseph Vukovich, United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) plant health specialist, educated guests on the emerald ash borer, an ash tree-killing insect from Asia that has found its way to the United States.

“He brought some ash wood for us to see the different trails the insect leaves and gave us some educational information to hand out to the public,” Wendlandt explained.

According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, to date, the emerald ash borer has only been detected in the U.S. in Michigan (2002), Ohio (2003), one county in Maryland (2003, 2006), Indiana (2004), Illinois (2006), Pennsylvania (2007) and West Virginia (2007).

MAC held its regular business meeting during which most of the focus was on changing the MAC brochure.

“We also had a couple of campers who had attended the Northeast Campground Association Conference on Camping and Trade Show in March and the Great Escape Event in September, and they gave us an update on those events,” Wendlandt said.

The next MAC meeting will be held on March 7 in Dover, Del., in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Conference.

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