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auguST 2015 | Vol. 20 | Issue 8 | Mail Run: 8,462 | Total Print Run: 11,500

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Mel Poole, Catoctin Mountain Park Inside Issue

Superintendent, Retires This Month Gone But Not

Deb Spalding The Cozy
Lives on in
Catoctin Mountain Park only across the State of Maryland, Thurmont
Superintendent, Mel Poole, will but across the country as well. Less
retire on August 25, 2015, having than 9% of historic brook trout Page 9
completed an adventurous 37 year habitat remains nationwide and
career with the National Park 62% of the historic habitat has Local Man
Service (NPS). When summarizing been lost in Maryland.
his contributions, Poole let out a The depth of Poole’s knowledge Presented
chuckle. Correction, it was more of of all of the varying parts he’s Award for
a flat-out laugh. I soon understood managed within the park, from Contributions to
why as he reviewed the many roles studies of current plant and
he’s filled during his career. animal species, management Medical Laser
About Catoctin Mountain and preventive maintenance of Page 19
Park, where he’s spent the majority those species, and day to day
of the last 17 years within the challenges created by the use of
National Park Service system, he the park by humans, is difficult to James Black
said, “For sure, the park is bigger, convey in this short space, but, be Family
if not better,” as he explained that assured that Poole’s knowledge is Donates
the park has grown from 5,772 comprehensive.
acres to its current size of 5,890 He said, Catoctin Mountain Artwork to
acres. Park “has one of the strongest Thurmont
He recalled that Catoctin resource protection ethics of
Mountain Park was the first in the all the parks in the region.” He Page 11
National Capital Region to look at shifted credit for this ethic to
deer management in order to aid current coworkers and former
in forest regeneration. Don’t forget employees of the park. He also Neighbor-
that until the 1920s, the Catoctin shared credit with other state and hood Green
forest was substantially cut over Photo by Deb Spalding local park systems and federal, Program
by various timber businesses to make state, and county agencies, indicating
charcoal for Catoctin Furnace. The with a huge range of issues — that the high standards would not Opportunity
mountain has been growing back, or invasive species, threats to vegetation be achieved without their support,
regenerating, since then. Poole was like the Gypsy Moth and hemlock, cooperation, and contributions Page 20
part of a regional Environmental future potential threats like Emerald towards a shared vision.
Assessment team that was formed in Ash Bore (EAB), all overlaid with Poole’s ethics, like that of his
1978 to determine what to do about fluctuating climate conditions like peers, mirror those of the National Local
the increasing deer population at rainfall, severe storms, and changing Park Service’s 1916 Organic Act Baseball
Catoctin Park. air and water quality. that mandated the conservation and Leagues’
Poole noted that the park knows Brook trout have been an icon in preservation of natural resources for
more about its natural resources Catoctin Mountain Park drawing future generations. He said, “Invasive Successful
than ever, but are still finding new fly fisherman from near and far. In species have the ability to come to Seasons
species and monitoring populations recent years, there has been a decline us within 12 hours thanks to air
of species. Park resources are faced in the numbers of brook trout, not — Continued on page 21 — Pages 24 & 25


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