Dodge to Instruct GILL Session on Cranesville Swamp

Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning (GILL) is offering a session on the Cranesville Swamp to be presented by Kevin Dodge, Garrett College (GC) Professor of Wildlife and Biology and Director of the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology Program. The session will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 12:30- 4:30 p.m. GC vans will depart from the McHenry campus.

A boreal peat bog, the Cranesville Swamp was formed 15,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Glaciers, which came close to but never reached Maryland, carried many of the boreal plants which remain to this day. The swamp, now owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy, is home to pockets of virgin forest as well as a variety of animals including bobcats, beavers, and black bears. Visitors to the swamp may also see various forms of rare, endangered, or threatened flora and fauna.

Dodge, who holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biology, has taught at Garrett College since 1987, and has also taught classes at Frostburg State University and West Virginia University. His courses emphasize field experience, and often include field trips to other parts of the mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachian region. He has also studied the impact of acid mine drainage and its mitigation on wetland plants and animals.

In addition to his teaching, Dodge is also involved in natural resources issues in Garrett County and the surrounding area. He is president of the Allegheny Highlands Conservancy, past vice president and current board member of the Youghiogheny River Watershed Association, and a member of the Savage River State Forest Citizens’ Advisory Board, and the Garrett County Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Committee. He is a frequent local consultant to The Nature Conservancy.

For further information or to register for this session, one may contact Sarah Friend in the GC office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) at 301-387-3064 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CEWD provides administrative support to GILL.