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March 2021

Volunteer Opportunity: PA Riparian Rangers

March 2 - December 31

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is looking for volunteers in Pennsylvania for their Riparian Ranger Program. Participants will “adopt” a riparian buffer and help to monitor and tend to recently planted trees. This will include tasks like straightening tree tubes, fixing bird nets, removing weeds, monitoring invasives, and helping to replant any trees that die. Training and supplies will all be provided. This is a great opportunity to support local watershed restoration efforts and greatly increase tree survivorship on…

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August 2021

Novel Ecosystems and the Urban Landscape

August 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

The combination of the chronic environmental stress induced by climate change, the physical disturbances of urbanization, and the competition presented by globalization (invasive species) interact to create urban novel ecosystems that have no analog with those found in nature. Peter Del Tredici will discuss the remarkable ability of spontaneous urban vegetation to rebuild ecological functionality from the ground up, thereby making cities more livable for all their inhabitants. James Hitchmough will discuss intentionally-designed novel plant communities, where the general characteristics…

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LAWNS, LEAVES, & LAWS: Practical Pathways Toward Lawn Alternatives and Ecological Turf Cultivation

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

From New Directions in the American Landscape Many now recognize that the dominance of manicured lawns in many of our landscapes is environmentally harmful. That said, many homeowner’s associations and municipalities are regulating front yard plant heights and store shelves are still stocked to the brim with pesticide products composed of harmful chemicals. An environmental law professor, two ecologists, and an organic turf expert will share practical ways to overcome these hurdles and create more ecologically beneficial landscapes. Their short…

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Native Plants for Landscape Professionals (Virtual)

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This conference is for professionals in the landscaping industry only (landscape designers, landscape architects, growers, nurseries, landscape maintenance, property managers, builders, etc.)  Topics: Choosing pollinator plants for maximum beauty and benefits - Sam Hoadley Creating an edible landscape with native plants - Lincoln Smith Native groundcovers - Missy Fabel About our speakers: Lincoln Smith runs Forested, a 10-acre experimental forest garden site in Bowie Maryland. He and his team test forest gardening methods, with the goal of producing nutritious food for…

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Today’s Menu: A Toolkit for Stormwater BMPs for Urban Farming

August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bring your lunch and join landscape designer and Level 2-certified CBLP, Kelley Oklesson, for this free webinar, for CBLP professionals.  Kelley will tell us about her recent project, a Toolkit for Stormwater Best Management Practices for Urban Farming, which is focused on offering tried and true strategies to improve water quality on urban farming sites.  The Toolkit discusses the science of stormwater runoff, impacts caused by human development, federal and local legislation, simple pollution reduction strategies, and green stormwater infrastructure…

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Stress-Adapted Native Plant Communities as Templates for Highly Disturbed Landscape Sites

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Native plant communities can be found on remarkably difficult sites, e.g., highly alkaline, saline, acidic, droughty, and flooded. In the Northeast U.S. these communities include alvars, dunes, acidic pine barrens, inland salt marshes, marl fens, and other wetlands. A subset of these natural assemblages can be used to create sustainable landscapes on human-made sites that have similarly hostile conditions. Through a pair of presentations ending with an informal conversation and Q&A session, our presenters will discuss the ecology of these…

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September 2021

Ecologists and Landscape Architects: Working Relationships

September 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Public landscapes increasingly attempt to join ecological improvements to the practical, aesthetic, and cultural aspects of their landscape enhancements. Our two speakers, each acclaimed in their respective fields of Landscape Architecture and Restoration Ecology, have collaborated on numerous projects over the past ten years. They will review their collaborative design process through a series of public park projects where ecological structure and function was a significant part of the design vocabulary, followed by an interactive discussion on the nuts and…

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December 2021

Turning a New Leaf Conference (Virtual + Field Events)

December 8 - December 10

Save the Date! CCLC's 2021 Turning a New Leaf Conference will be held virtually on December 8-9, from 9 AM - 3 PM, and will be followed by live field events in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia on December 10.   This year, we are highlighting collaborations that normalize sustainable practices and ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. The DC-area field trip will be held at Audubon Naturalist Society's Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD, where we will visit their new stream…

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