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Efforts under way to develop Antietam Creek trail map

August 16, 2009

Attracting more canoeists and kayakers to a proposed Antietam Creek Water Trail might be easier with a map of portages, hazards, historic homes and bridges, as well as launching sites -- new and old -- according to a group that plans to create such a map.

Spearheading the effort is the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and David Biser, vice president of the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance.

Efforts are afoot to develop such a map, as well as signs that would make it easier for more people to make use of Antietam Creek. Those efforts also will aim at attracting other residents and tourists to the area.

DNR officials plan to hold a meeting this month to which they hope to attract planning partners, including those from towns along Antietam Creek such as Funkstown and Keedysville.

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In an e-mail, Biser specifically mentioned Funkstown, which has long had an easily accessible public launching site to the creek behind the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. parking lot.

He pointed out that there is virtually no public access upstream from Funkstown for boats to float down to the town.

Biser said towns and counties along Antietam Creek in Pennsylvania have also been contacted for their input.

-- Marlo Barnhart

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