David Force Natural Resource Area

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The David Force Natural Resource Area is a 221-acre (89 ha) wildlife area in Ellicott City, Maryland. It is located between Route 70 and 40 adjacent to the Turf Valley development in Howard County, Maryland, and operated by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

The resource area was created to protect water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and support recreational hiking and nature observation purposes.[1]

The area is named after David W. Force (1909-1966),[2] a founder of Force and Christhill construction and former Howard County judge who made national headlines for sentencing an African American to lashings in 1951,[3] and later a county commissioner who ran on a slow growth platform on 1962 who was one of three that approved the development of Columbia for The Rouse Company.[4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ "David Force Natural Resource Area". Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  2. ^ "David W Force Re-Elected Official". The Washington Post. 24 November 1966.
  3. ^ "Man Sentenced to Get 20 Lashings For Wife Beating". The Washington Post. 28 June 1951.
  4. ^ Maryland State Manual. 1963. p. 400.
  5. ^ James A. Clark Jr. Jim Clark Soldier Farmer Legislator. p. 109.
  6. ^ Joseph Rocco Mitchell, David L Stebenne. New City Upon a Hill. p. 55.
  7. ^ "D. W. Force, Commissioner In Howard County, Dies". The Baltimore Sun. 24 November 1966.

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Coordinates: 39°28′59″N 76°54′16″W / 39.48306°N 76.90444°W / 39.48306; -76.90444