Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Growth Forest
· Dominant tree types: Oak and hickory
The Benefits of Trees
Prior to the area being protected the 1930s, trees were routinely cut for farming, timbering
and to make charcoal for the Catoctin Iron Furnace. As a result, the bare
mountain slopes deposited excess sediment into streams, killing fish and other aquatic
life. By allowing the land to reforest, this type of excess soil erosion - and consequent flooding - is prevented. Mature trees also provide food and shelter for wildlife, protect
drinking water and produce oxygen.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 39° 37.836′ N, 77° 28.073′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Lower Trail - Red Blaze, one mile west of William Houck Drive. The marker is about 1 mile west of the northern Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Catoctin Mountain Geology (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blue Blazes Whiskey Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Tradition of Conservation (approx. one mile away); A Fatal Shootout (approx. one mile away); Blue Blazes Still (approx. 1.1 miles away); Making Whiskey (approx. 1.3 miles away); Preparing the Hearth (approx. 1.6 miles away); Making Charcoal (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
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