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Southern Maryland RC&D is continually engaged in project work throughout Southern Maryland. Our level of involvement in each project varies depending upon the needs of our partners and the communities we serve. Southern Maryland RC&D may assist in the acquisition and management of grant resources, we may provide limited financial or material resources, or we may provide technical assistance. Our project portfolio is highly diverse ranging from a trash pick up with local students to a $5,200,000 shoreline stabilization project protecting 4,800 linear feet of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. Our Projects Page will be updated regularly, so check back frequently for information about our newest projects. Please review our Project Archives for information about our completed project work. For more detailed information about any of our projects, please feel free to contact us.

Since our inception in 1971, we have completed hundreds of projects with diverse partners. If you would like find out how you can partner with RC&D to make a project in your community happen, please download and complete our Request for Assistance Form and send the completed form to our Waldorf office. All Requests for Assistance are reviewed by the appropriate Project Planning Committee.

 Featured Project



 The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST) is no ordinary experience.  It is, in fact, an evolving Trail network and an enterprise of many partners that celebrates the heritage of the Potomac River and upper Ohio River basins and offers year-round opportunities for hiking, bicycling, boating, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.  Southern Maryland RC&D is proud to be part of that network and partnership via a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service to assist in coordinating the Southern Maryland segment of the PHNST.

As a result of this agreement, Southern Maryland RC&D and its many partners achieved National Scenic Trail Designation for the Southern Maryland segment on August 29, 2008 from the US Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. Such a designation incorporated the Southern Maryland Segment into the larger Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, extending the PHNST all the way to Point Lookout State Park in Southern Maryland and linking the Chesapeake Bay to the Allegheny Highlands in celebration of the region’s cultural and natural heritage.  The Southern Maryland segment of the PHNST provides cyclists, hikers and paddlers opportunities for recreation, education and heritage activities in Charles and St. Mary’s counties as the Southern Maryland portion will stretch from Point Lookout State Park to Piscataway Park.

In Southern Maryland, you can visit the Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet by water, cruise through the historical landmarks of Port Tobacco and St. Mary’s City on two wheels, walk along the Leonardtown Wharf or launch a kayak into the Potomac River. It’s really up to you!  The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail allows non-motorist visitors, both tourists and seasoned locals, an opportunity to travel a different way and experience what they haven’t seen before.  Getting out of the car, for example, and walking along Highway 224 in Charles County offers a host of sights and sounds you might never notice. Or biking through St. Mary’s County allows you to get up close and personal with the region’s history and landscape. See photos below.

The network of communities and attractions in the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail corridor celebrates the history and heritage of the Potomac and upper Ohio River basins and offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. For some ideas on ways to experience the Trail corridor, go to the Potomac Heritage Explorer at www.potomacheritage.net . For more on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, go to www.nps.gov/pohe. 

Come join us on the Trail…on bike, on foot or by water!   Excerpt from Potomac Heritage Explorer: “Th e Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a corridor of history and outdoor adventure. The Trail network follows the river through its tidal reaches to the fall line, with an interlude along the escarpment of Washington, D.C., then up the C&O Canal to Cumberland, Md. From there it goes over and through the mountains along the Great Allegheny Passage and the Laurel Highlands Trail. This evolving Trail network offers opportunities for hiking, bicycling, boating, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Explore these pages by region or activity, then follow links to travel information and partners.”  

Come join us on the Trail…on bike, on foot or by water!
Other related links and partners

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Office, National Park Service

St. Mary’s Government Department of Tourism and Travel

St. Mary’s Government Department of Economic and Community Development

Charles County Department of Economic Development 

Charles County Parks and Recreation

Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club

Charles County Commissioners

St. Mary’s County Commissioners

St. Mary’s County Government, Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services

Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Maryland Department of Transportation

Maryland Park Service

George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Thomas Stone National Historic Site, National Park Service

Highway 224 offers some beautiful scenery.

A peek off the side of the road may surprise you. 

Piney Point Lighthouse

Exit view from St. George's Episcopal Church


 Project Planning Committees

The Board of Directors currently has four project committees that review all project proposals. The committees are composed of our volunteer Board Members and cover the following, general project categories: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Development, Environmental Education and Tourism and Historic Preservation. Every Board Member is encouraged to be active on at least one committee. A few Board Members are active on up to three committees. The committees are responsible for reviewing all incoming Requests for Assistance for new projects. Once the appropriate committee has reviewed and accepted a new project, the full Board of Directors will be given an opportunity to vote whether to accept the project and on the degree of assistance the Board will offer our new project partners. The review process can take anywhere from three weeks to three months.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Stanley Boothe
Jennifer David
Phillip Jones
Olga Walter

Community Development
Jennifer David
John Downs
John Gray
Michael Pellegrino

Tourism and Historic Preservation
John Czajkowski
Jennifer David
John Downs
John Gray
Michael Pellegrino
Pat Pinnell

Environmental Education
Jim Bardsley
Bill Clark
Olga Walter
Bruce Young









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