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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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October 2021


October 12 - November 30
$25 – $250

Join us in Pennsylvania or Virginia for CBLP-Buffers, our new certificate course on riparian buffers.  This comprehensive riparian buffer training program includes 3 sessions: Buffer Basics Webinar - 1:00 - 4:00 PM Site Assessment Workshop - November 2 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Maintenance Assessment and Planning - November 30 - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM VA locations are in and around Charlottesville.  PA locations are in Lancaster City and County. Participants must attend all three sessions to earn…

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Urban Buffer Design Charrette

October 19 - October 26
$145 – $165

Urban and suburban sites present unique challenges for implementing or preserving riparian buffers.  In this course, we focus on how to effectively design an aesthetically pleasing urban buffer that overcomes these challenges while helping meet water quality and habitat restoration goals. This interactive workshop will combine online learning with an optional field trip to one of three sites in Virginia.  Participants will work collaboratively in small groups to design an urban buffer.  Out of state participants are welcome! The course,…

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Benefits of Native Lawn Alternatives in Preserving Remnant Canopy Trees (Virtual)

October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Virginia Native Plant Society, Potowmack Chapter, invites you to a presentation by Rod Simmons who will review how environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional lawn and turf cultivation benefit remnant canopy trees. These alternatives help with tree preservation as well as other native vegetation, soil microorganisms, and insects and pollinators.

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Riparian Buffer Summit (Virtual)

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

It's time for the third annual Buffer Summit hosted by the Upper & Middle James Riparian Consortium! The online Buffer Summit will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 from 10:00 am- 2:30 pm (with breaks). We have an exciting line-up of speakers and networking sessions to engage with other Consortium members and partners working in the watershed.  Agenda highlights are in this flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1goCJQkan0wt9KaX8SkDZKiBOVuXRIi9s/view This is a free event, but you must register in advance. CBLP CEUs are…

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Hands On Events: PA Buffer Planting with Penn State

October 29 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 5:00 pm

Riparian Buffer Planting- Friday, October 29, 9:00 AM- Noon, Lancaster Join Penn State, Stroud, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and other partner organizations in Lancaster to plant about 1000 trees at Overlook Park. Registration is now open! https://forms.gle/GskPhS5oeC1Y8PxV8  Riparian Buffer and Live Staking Event- Saturday, November 13, 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM, Hummelstown Join Penn State, Manada Conservancy, and the Crestview HOA to plant the 3rd phase of a riparian buffer in a community park. We will be planting 100 trees and planting live stakes along the banks of…

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November 2021

Chesapeake Watershed Forum (Virtual)

November 1 - November 5
$50 – $75

The year 2025 marks a historic milestone for the Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration movement. The 2010 Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) set forth necessary nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reduction targets in a pollution diet that will achieve a level of bay health meeting the survival, growth, and reproduction needs of its living resources. The TMDL aims to have the seven jurisdictions put in place by 2025 all the best management practices necessary to provide, over time, the reductions…

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Environmental Justice Panel Discussion (Virtual)

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how race and class impact environmentalism? Join this virtual discussion about environmental justice issues in Maryland and learn what steps you can take to support community leaders in advancing equity in Anne Arundel County and throughout the region. This virtual program will be moderated by Carmera Thomas-Wilhite, The Conservation Fund, with Jan-Michael Archer, University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, Kate Fritz, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Randy K. Rowel, Chesapeake Research Consortium as panelists This program is presented…

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Intro to Sustainable Landscaping

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Audubon Naturalist Society Chevy Chase, MD

Do you work with a landscape contractor in the DC area who hasn't yet attended CBLP training and would be interested in learning about sustainable landscaping?  Please let them know about this bilingual half-day course! Audubon Naturalist Society is partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional program to offer a free Introduction to Sustainable Landscaping. The program will be delivered in English and Spanish, with lunch and bilingual materials provided. The workshop is possible thanks to a grant from the…

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December 2021

Turning a New Leaf Conference (Virtual + Field Events)

December 8 - December 10
$25 – $140

Registration is Open! 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 agenda is online.  Discounted registration for CCLC members and those who register early, by October 10. We are excited to welcome keynote speaker,…

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