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January 2020

Online Course: Landscaping for Resiliency in a Changing Climate

January 3, 2020 - February 28, 2021

The Earth’s climate is changing. Impacts - including higher temperatures, warming water temperatures, rising sea levels, and longer periods of extreme weather - are already being felt in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and are expected to worsen. The good news is there are actions we can all take to help mitigate and adapt to these impacts. Landscape professionals, in particular, have a unique opportunity to address the effects of our changing climate. This introductory course explains the difference between weather…

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September 2020

RiverSmart Homes Rain Garden Training for Contractors

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for a free virtual rain garden training on Wednesday, September 23rd. This training is intended for local landscape contractors interested in becoming a participating contractor for the RiverSmart Homes Program in Washington, DC. Who is eligible to attend?   Everyone. You do not need previous experience in rain garden installations to attend, but in order to become a RiverSmart Homes contractor, you will be required to have experience in landscape design/installation and knowledge of native plant selection…

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September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fall is the time that our native grasses strut their stuff! Join us for a fun, non-technical discussion of native grasses and their design/aesthetic considerations for use in garden beds, use in native meadows,  soil and light requirements,  establishment and maintenance techniques. The species we will discuss include: wood oats, bottlebrush, Virginia wildrye, indiangrass, little bluestem, switchgrass, purpletop, bushy beardgrass, purple lovegrass, and woolgrass. Our speaker will be Dr. Sara Tangren. Her areas of specialization include native landscaping, native seed…

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Waynesboro Webinar Series with Trees VA: Urban Tree Canopy Cover: Structure, Function, and Assessment

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Eric Wiseman, Virginia Tech Urban tree canopy cover is the aggregation of overhead vegetation in built environments that provides critical ecosystem services ranging from increased property values to better human health. To maximize these benefits, we must understand the spatial and temporal patterns of tree canopy cover. Technology advancements are rapidly improving our ability to assess tree canopy cover and make better decisions about urban forest conservation and management. In this presentation, you will learn about the structure…

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October 2020

Living Shorelines for Landscape Professionals

October 16
$75 – $90

This event is moving online! The new date is Friday, October 16, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM We will follow up the online course with an optional half-day field tour in the Annapolis area on the afternoon of October 20. Registration fee covers online course + field visit. Organized by CBLP and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension, this one-day workshop will introduce landscape professionals to living shoreline benefits, best practices, site evaluation, permitting, incentives and opportunities. Guest speakers will…

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Riparian Buffer Workshop and Volunteer Day

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Manheim, PA

Join us as we replant a riparian buffer along Dellinger Run. Some of you might remember the significant flooding of 2018 that damaged the tree planting at the Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center. We will be replanting the upper section of this buffer. We will be following CDC guidelines and require you to register for the event and agree to wear a mask during the planting. For more details and to register, visit: https://extension.psu.edu/riparian-buffer-lancaster You may use this…

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Webinar Series: Natural Area Management

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - November 12 @ 8:00 pm
$35 – $55

Join this webinar series and learn about expanding Green Industry services to your clientele, and earn a variety of forestry-related recertification credits. Perhaps you manage land for an organization, work with volunteers, or are just an interested landowner? Then this four-part webinar series is for you! The Woods in Your Backyard Partnership has created a multi-state program for Green Industry professionals to gain knowledge and skills useful for providing additional services to clientele with small acreage properties. Natural area management…

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Today’s Menu: Riparian Buffers for Landscape Pros

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Save the date for this free lunchtime webinar.  Advance registration will open soon, and is required. Join this esteemed gathering of certified CBLPs to learn more about riparian buffers.  What is a buffer? How do buffers improve water quality from local streams down to the Bay?  What is the role of landscape pros in implementing and managing buffers? Speakers include: Kate Austin, City of Lancaster, PA Jimmy Dick, EQR, MD Amber Ellis, James River Association, VA Dave Hirschman, Hirschman Water…

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Chesapeake Watershed Forum

October 29 - October 30
$50 – $75

Registration opens on August 24. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 15th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum (to be held online October 29 – 30) is a watershed-wide event reaching over 400 restoration and protection practitioners to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. We share successful tools and techniques, offer lessons and learnings from on-the-ground work, build capacities of local organizations, foster partnerships, educate on new initiatives and emerging practices, network among each other, and celebrate our successes. Through our…

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