Inmates praised for work on Antietam battlefield
07/01/10
Associated Press

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SHARPSBURG, MD. The National Park Service is recognizing the efforts of Maryland state prison inmates in helping to restore parts of the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.

Park Superintendent John Howard said Thursday that inmates have planted nearly 3,900 trees since 2007.

It started with the 12-acre Piper Orchard, which inmates now maintain.

The inmates work for Maryland Correctional Enterprises, the prison industry arm of the Division of Correction.

The agency also has put inmates to work on projects to increase the Chesapeake Bay oyster population and prevent erosion of the bay shoreline.