Public Program: When Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac Watershed

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Shafer Park Community Center, Boonsboro, MD 21713

What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society & Boonsboro Environmental Commisson's Public Program 

Where: Shafer Park Community Center, Boonsboro, MD 21713

When: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM

Topic: When Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac Watershed

Presenter: Jim Cummins

Cost: free

PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

The Boonsboro Environmental Commission and the Potomac Valley Audubon Society are co-sponsoring a public program on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm. 

PVAS and the Environmental Commission welcome Jim Cummins. Jim will present "When Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac Watershed". 

Mr. Cummins is an ecologist with a natural interest in natural and human history and how they interplay. His geographic area of expertise is the Potomac watershed. He and his wife Nancy live in Bakerton, WV. 

His presentation will focus on changes in the ecological landscape of the Potomac basin and vicinity from human contact to present, focusing on the period we know the most about - the landscape just prior to and after the 15th century European contact. 

Jim Cummins is Formerly the Director of the Living Resources of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.  He has a Masters of Science (1985) in Biology from George Washington University.  His projects included biological assessments of streams in WV, MD, PA and DC, environmental flow studies, habitat restoration and fish passage, especially in regard to the Little Falls Dam near Washington, D.C. and a linked American shad stocking program with integrated student and volunteer involvement. Principal ecologist for Anacostia River restoration (urban/suburban impacts).  Authored “Flowing to the Future,” a 1995 plan for improving the North Branch, Potomac River which mitigating long-standing acidic mine drainage problems, developed an exceptional trout fishery, and helped improve the economy in that watershed (region).   Managed and was the primary author for a multi-disciplinary planning project which produced "The Potomac River Watershed Visions Report."   This report became the foundation for the nomination and eventual designation of the Potomac River as one of the nation's Heritage Rivers.

This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 

The program is held at Shafer Park's Community Center in Boonsboro:,-77.6586235,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x12f8122715254577!8m2!3d39.5061966!4d-77.6586235

Please contact Krista Hawley at or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

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