Map Turtle Nesting Enhancement


Through a cooperative partnership between the Town of Port Deposit, MD Dept. of Natural Resources, Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, and Towson University, this project created 100 Lf of living shoreline, and created the nesting habitat for Map Turtles, a Maryland endangered species whose population only occurs along the Susquehanna River and Tributaries in Cecil and Harford Counties. This living shoreline project not only restored and protects the only unhardened section of the Susquehanna River shoreline in the Town of Port Deposit, it also enhanced the overall Map Turtle restoration and protection effort.

  1. 2000 Sq. Ft. of invasive species removed.
  2. 12 trees planted.
  3. 312 native plants planted.
  4. 30 volunteers helped with slight grading of the sand fill material and planting of the low and high marsh grasses.
  5. 10 Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) members helped with slight grading of the sand fill material and marsh grass planting. The MCC is comprised of a diverse group of young adults from across the country.
  6. 16 Towson University and Town of Port Deposit volunteers cleared the nesting habitat for the Northern Map Turtle.


This grant program was a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Other partnerships include Towson University and Town of Port Deposit.


  • Abbi Huntzinger
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