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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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May 2021

Invasive Plant Workshops (Virtual)

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - June 24 @ 4:00 pm

Registration is now open for Blue Ridge PRISM's Summer Invasive Plant Workshops.  All workshops are virtual via Zoom. Wednesday May 26, 1 - 4 pm - Register Saturday June 12, 1 - 4 pm - Register Thursday June 24, 9 am - noon - Register Topics covered include: Identifying invasive plants Invasive plants you can best control now or should treat later Best seasonal practices for each invasive Using manual & mechanical control methods Methods for controlling invasive plants with herbicides Choosing the right herbicide and equipment Using herbicides…

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June 2021

Landscaping for Biodiversity, A Plant-Insect Perspective (Virtual)

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

While insects often get a bad rap in gardens, a wide array of insects are quietly performing essential functions for food webs and ecosystems. On Tuesday, June 15, University of Maryland researcher Karin Burghardt will introduce you to some of the fascinating insects that dwell in spaces we occupy every day: our gardens, yards and parks. She’ll also reveal how our activities can shape plant-insect interactions, and suggest some practices we can use to help preserve biodiversity in the ecosystems closest to home. This webinar…

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Pruning is a Necessity, Not an Option (virtual)

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you ever seen plants that are so poorly pruned you feel embarrassed for them? Just like a bad haircut, plants don’t get to show off their best structural attributes with bad pruning. Once you have practiced a few times, pruning becomes intuitive or second nature. Pruning is a Necessity Not an Option with Eva Monheim will guide you through a series of detailed pictorials on how to prune so that you will feel empowered the next time you are…

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Catawba Sustainability Center Field Day

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Catawba Sustainability Center Roanoke County, VA Roanoke County, VA United States

Join partners of the Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium to learn about the latest research and guidance on successful riparian buffer projects. Participants will tour Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center, a beautiful 377-acre farm and living laboratory, finishing with lunch from Roanoke Co+op. What you’ll learn: Best practices for site preparation and ensuring tree health How to design buffers for pollinator habitat and native flowers Ways to support agroforestry options, including native fruit and nut trees, and other food-producing…

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July 2021

Collaborations for Sourcing Native Plants

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - July 22 @ 4:00 pm
$65 – $75

Register Now for this two-part online workshop, organized by CBLP/CCLC. Guest speakers, Amy Highland and Sam Hoadley, both from Mt. Cuba Center. Several native plant growers/nurseries from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania will join a panel discussion and breakout session. July 20 & 22, 1-4 PM each day, via Zoom Register by June 25 and get $10 off Learning Objectives Understand the benefits of using truly native plants for your projects Learn about research from recent trials comparing native cultivars with…

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August 2021

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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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, and will be followed by live field events in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia on December 10.  Details and registration to follow in late summer. Save the Date 2021

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