The landscape around our retreat center and farm has been quietly developing into a tapestry of tall trees, a diverse understory, and a community of wildlife.
In fact, it’s not so quiet anymore! Birds and insects of every color and pitch sing as the wind plays the leaves and water gently gurgle as it filters underneath it all.
New Ecological stewardship practices are bringing new flowers, fruits and creatures to celebrate with us. Some of our recent achievements include:
In 2021, Pearlstone completed an ecological restoration of 1,300 linear feet of stream. The “riffle-pool” sequence reduces erosion, decreases downstream pollution, and maximizes the quality and health of the aquatic ecosystem. Pearlstone is located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed which is 64,000 square miles. The ecological restoration positively impacts the watershed.
How can fire heal and transform the land? In 2017 Pearlstone began the process of converting 45 acres of grassland from lawn to meadows. Controlled burns have been a key ingredient for healing and transforming this land. Fire and grasslands have an ancient, natural and beneficial relationship. You could say they are old friends!
In 2017, we transitioned more than 25 acres of mowed grass into wildlife meadows that embrace our landscape, creating a beautiful sense of place, food, shelter, fresh air, and pure air
In the Chesapeake Region, forests which once covered 95% of the watershed now only cover 55%. The long-term benefits of planting trees are numerous and far-reaching. To help address this issue, Pearlstone is planting hundreds of trees on our campus. Click to learn more and join us in this endeavor!
In the spring of 2017, we spotted a family of ravens raising their young in a large nest on our campus. While more common in the cliffs of western Maryland, nesting ravens are rare in central Maryland. They turned out to be the second nesting pair of ravens found in Baltimore County - ever!