Natural Wonder

Frederick News Post
06/12/2012
here are 190 certified backyard wildlife habitats in Frederick County. Judging by the testimonials that appeared in FNP reporter Pete McCarthy's Sunday story, "Nature for rent," these habitats are as valuable to those who maintain them as they are to the creatures they were created for.Human beings, including many here in Frederick County, are losing their physical connection and emotional bond to the natural world. Increasingly, daily life is spent in office buildings, cars and malls; TV, cell phones and the Internet are our passions. That's a real shame -- for both us and nature.

All creatures great and small

Maryland’s amphibians, reptiles need your eyes, ears
Frederick News Post
Karen Gardner
05/20/2012
Turtles, snakes, frogs and toads are the poster species for the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. But there are others that also need to be recorded. Salamanders and lizards are just as important in the greater ecosystem. Wayne Hildebrand wants to make sure they are all counted.

Hurdles loom for incinerator sites

Top contenders' proximity to national parks at issue
Frederick News Post
Karen Gardner
02/12/2009
The proposed Frederick County waste-to-energy plant could be located in the Carrollton Manor Rural Legacy area. If the Frederick County Commissioners choose to build the plant and go along with county staff's top recommended location, the plant could be on a site owned by Allegheny Energy along Md. 28, east of Point of Rocks. The second choice, McKinney Industrial, would place the plant and its proposed 350-foot smokestack in clear view of the Monocacy National Battlefield. The top choice is also near a national park. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is just south of the Allegheny Energy site, concerning park officials. Commissioners will hear public comments on the proposed locations at hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday at Winchester Hall. The Carrollton Manor Rural Legacy area aims to preserve land in agricultural and conservation zones, which includes the Allegheny Energy site. A power plant was once proposed for the site when it was owned by Potomac Edison, but never built.