WORCESTER Co., Md. - Wednesday afternoon, it was all hands on deck at the Nassawango Creek Preserve.
This week groups of conservationists are leading a project that hopes to restore an area in the county that they say is crucial to Maryland's Eastern Shore.
"On the eastern shore, historically there were lots of wetlands all over the coast," says Maura Duffy, a Conservation Technician at The National Aquarium.
Duffy tells 47 ABC the wetlands around Worcester County have decreased due to human activity, such as land development, which is why The National Aquarium, The Nature Conservancy, and a team of local volunteers are partnering up to help restore this area.
"There are things we can do each and everyday to make sure sites like these are maintained and protected," says Curtis Bennett, the Director of Conservation Community Engagement at The National Aquarium.
We're told one way of restoring this area is by planting Atlantic White Cedar trees.
"It is a rare tree species and has been struggling, and this is one of the only places here in the Eastern Shore and in Maryland where you can find that species," says Duffy.
Duffy says a mix of tree species is needed to help stabilize the wetlands, which she says are beneficial to both animals and humans.
"Wetlands act as a natural filter so they're able to take water and filter out pollutants for us," explains Duffy.
Duffy also says wetlands serve as a buffer in flood prone areas of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
"Wetlands are going to hold a lot more water than a developed landscape would," says Duffy.
She says Wednesday's activities are also meant to make community members knowledgeable about the area they live in, but also plant the seed for the next generation of conservationist.
"They are having a good time out here but also know that they're doing something really positive and helping the environment," says Duffy.
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