The watershed of the Chesapeake Bay has been dramatically altered by man over the past 400 years. The native hardwood forests were all cleared for timber and for farmland. The extensive wetlands were drained, dammed, or filled in to better fit the perceived needs of the people settling the land. Old species of plants and animals were greatly minimized or eliminated. New plants were introduced and invasive plants were given new opportunities to thrive. But the Bay's watershed is resilient and if given the chance it has a remarkable capacity to try to regenerate itself.
The Ward Museum was completed in 1991. At that time the entire water's edge of Schumaker's Pond was without plants. The grass lawn extended down to the beach. No plants have been planted along this nature trail. They have all "volunteered" to grow here. They are reclaiming the habitat that is theirs.
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Location. 38° 21.1′ N, 75° 34.317′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker can be reached from S. Schumaker Drive. Touch for map. Nature trail, Ward Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury MD 21804, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wooded Wetland (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterside (within shouting distance of this marker); Open Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); Wetland Marsh (within shouting distance of this marker); Beach and Birds (within shouting distance of this marker); Non Native Plants (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wildfowl Blind (about 300 feet away); Dry Thickets (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salisbury.
Categories. • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.