are being connected to create 4 separate hubs for a combined total of 28,840 protected acres. Visitors come from throughout the United States and from other countries to 17 public access sites for fishing and canoeing along the South Branch. The South Branch has a world class smallmouth bass fishery and flows through the Trough, a six mile gorge, that is favored by canoeist and anglers for its scenic beauty and geologic features. The viewshed for public access recreation is protected and nesting, roosting, and foraging habitat for bald eagles is provided. Over 120 rare species and communities have been identified. The close proximity to Washington, DC and Baltimore, makes the properties very threatened.