Memorial Weekend 2014 – Never Forgotten

Cpl Kirk Bosselmann USMCMemorial weekend is a very deep rooted reminder for the Patriot team of those brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we all enjoy. For as long as we have breath they will never be forgotten. So in honor of Cpl. Kirk J. Bosselmann, those before him and those yet to come, we salute and thank them. God Bless the United States of America and the brave souls that protect her.

Prepping For The Floods At Historic Whites Ferry

White FerryWhites Ferry Potomac River FloodedNeighbors helping neighbors. With record rainfalls moving through the area, Patriot crews worked to clear out buildings at historic Whites Ferry in preparation of the Potomac River reaching flood stage later in the day. Twice in as many weeks the mighty Potomac left its banks and headed into the empty buildings, not an uncommon event for the one of a kind business located in Montgomery County Marylands Agricultural Reserve.

Patriot Crews Take Advantage of Great Weather

Stream restoration and property screen plantingPatriot crews are out in force taking advantage of the great weather. On one side of Maryland crews are planting a property border of screen trees while crews on the other side of Maryland knock out a stream side planting for a restoration project! Have work you need completed by a reliable and results oriented contractor? Give us a call today!

Unique Take on Specimen Tree Protection

Stone Tree & Root ProtectionHere is a unique take on tree protection. Patriot crews hand installed a trenchless silt fence and biologs for sediment control without damaging root systems, and then constructed by hand a rock barrier to protect a specimen Oak tree near a construction site. Low impact, ecologically responsible sediment & erosion control from the professionals at Patriot. Check out our Environmental & Site Services division on our site to see how we can help you with your next job!
http://www.patriotlwm.com/environmental-site-services/

Farm Fix Up Guide Ad Now Out

The Equiry Patriot AdThe “Farm Fix Up Guide” in the April edition of the The Equiery is out. Check out our ad on page 39 and visit the agricultural section of our website to see how Patriot can be your “Pasture & Property” professional: http://www.patriotlwm.com/ecological-agricultural-services/

Low Impact Forestry Mulcher Services Before & After

Before & after of Patriots low impact forestry mulching services. No large and unsightly debris piles or bare soil with our ecologically responsible methods that easily navigate around desirable species and incorporate mulched material onsite. This client was looking to reclaim his forest floor from invasive species in order to facilitate native species regeneration without wasting their vacation time. In just a few short hours the Patriot crew worked to get the area cleaned up and ready to rock.

forestry brush clearing before & after Forestry Mulcher

“Brush Goats” Biological Clearing Services from Patriot Land & Wildlife


Patriot Land & Wildlife Management is proud to partner with Sugarloaf Sustainable Farms to provide our clients with biological brush clearing services utilizing Brush Goats. Our crews utilize portable electric fencing to rotationally graze goats through areas of thick brush, invasive species, weeds and more to harness the amazingly versatile appetite of goats! Call 240-687-7228 or visit us online at http://www.PatriotLWM.com to learn more. Also visit our sister company, Sugarloaf Sustainable Farms at http://www.SugarloafSustainableFarms.com.

 

Patriot LWM to Present on Innovative Concepts for Ecological Restoration & Natural Resource Management to the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance

Join the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance on February 27th at 1pm for their upcoming meeting featuring an exciting presentation by Patriot Land & Wildlife Management Services, Inc., as well as partner updates and networking. Patriot Land & Wildlife Management Services, Inc. will be presenting on their on-the-ground experiences with innovative concepts for ecological restoration and natural resource management. Selected practices include: Utilizing goats for invasive species control; wildflower & pollinator plantings; a new custom cover crop planting service; Biohaven® floating islands; and alternative agricultural production concepts like diversionary wildlife food plots and the incorporation of sustainable agricultural practices on managed lands. Please RSVP to Heather Montgomery.

Location:

Thurmont Regional Library Community Room

76 East Moser Road Thurmont, MD 21788

 

Patriot Office Christmas Tree Drop Off Program

Christmas Tree Drop Off

Christmas has come and gone, but it is still the season for giving. As you get the last few days out of your beautifully decorated Christmas tree and begin to ponder the best way to haul it out of the house without creating the inevitable mess, it’s also time to think about what to do with it once it’s back outdoors.

Kick it to the curb for sanitation to come pickup and trash? Haul it to the dump? Throw it in the woods along a slow country road (we hate when people do that)? Drop it off at Patriot Land and Wildlife in Dickerson free of charge where we can repurpose it for wildlife habitat all across the area for little critters like rabbits, ground nesting birds, and even fish to enjoy? OF COURSE! What better sense does it make to complete the circle by harvesting a tree for you and your family to enjoy during the holidays, then return it to nature in a still usable state for wildlife to utilize once again! These repurposed trees provide nesting areas for birds, hiding areas for rabbits and other ground-dwellers, and even shady areas in the summer for fish.

So bring your trees on by our office between 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday. 22300 Dickerson Road, Dickerson MD 20842. Please proceed through the blue gates and place your tree in the pile past the board fence on the left side of the driveway. Please remove all non-organic material (stands, tinsel, etc.) from the trees prior to drop off. We will use these trees across the local area to create new and enhance current wildlife habitat. It feels good to give back, doesn’t it? Happy Holidays from the Patriot Land and Wildlife family to your family!

Call us at 240-687-7228 if you have any questions!

Montgomery County DEP Releases Summer 2012 Stormwater Maintenance Tips

Patriot Land & Wildlife’s stormwater and aquatics division has been hard at work these past few months on stormwater & pond related issues for our clients. Stormwater facility maintenance has been a major focus for the Patriot LWM team to ensure our clients are in compliance with EPA and local government regulation issues long before the inspector arrives on site.

Here is an example of Patriot LWM low impact tree removal on a stormwater outfall pipe for a client this summer

Patriot Land & Wildlife is based in Montgomery County, Maryland, a county which coincidentally has been on the forefront of the stormwater management issue for many years. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection publishes some great informative newsletters for homeowners associations, property managers and stormwater contractors on a quarterly basis. Below is an excerpt from the Summer 2012 edition which you can read fully by clicking here. The newsletter describes very well many of the tasks Patriot Land & Wildlife preforms on a daily basis as a Montgomery County certified Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor.

From Montgomery County DEP:

“Summer Maintenance Tips

*Avoid the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides in and around your stormwater facilities — these products pollute our streams. If manual removal of invasive weeds has been ineffective, limited applications of aquatic-friendly herbicide may be applied by a qualified professional certified by the State of Maryland.

*Removing non-native invasive weeds as soon as you see them in your bioretention facility or sand filter will help to prevent more significant repairs later on. Ask DEP for a copy of your bioretention design if you are unsure what plants should be there. Replenishing mulch to a 3 inch depth (but no deeper) can also help to reduce weeds.

*Contact Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) if a facility holds water for more than 72 hours or if a wet pond has a higher than normal pond level, as this could indicate a problem (Call 311 or email MC.Stormwater@montgomerycountymd.gov).

*With large thunderstorms, comes the movement of trash and debris that can deposit in stormwater facilities or drain inlets. Please continue to remove all trash and debris monthly from your property, especially in and around ponds, filters, and bioretention structures.

Picture from Montgomery County DEP

*Controlling Algae & Other Pond Vegetation – Nutrient Management –Pond algae is often associated with excess nutrients washing into the pond from nearby lawns. Property-owners in the pond’s watershed can help prevent excess algae by only fertilizing at the recommended time and frequency. To learn more about healthy lawns, your community association, along with other residences that may drain into the pond, can contact the Montgomery County Master Gardeners (301-590-9650 or mgmont@umd.edu).

Using fountains, bubblers or other devices may also help control algae in ponds. Be sure to also pick up pet waste, which is a source of bacteria and nutrients in ponds and our local streams.” – End of Citation

Failing stormwater riser structure. *photo by Montgomery County DEP

Preventive maintenance goes a long way, like Patriot crew members painting stormwater riser structures to prevent future failures for our clients.

Patriot’s Stormwater & Aquatics Division prides itself on it’s low impact, environmentally sensitive stormwater maintenance techniques and client services. Contact Patriot today to learn how our preventative stormwater maintenance services can save your HOA or property money and headaches. Visit us at http://www.PatriotLWM.com or call 240-687-7228 for more information.