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Guided Stand Up Paddle Board Trip at CBEC
At the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center:
Karla Horton from Dragonfly Paddle will guide you through basic SUP instruction and then Courtney Leigh, Certified Interpretive Guide, will lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! This trip is for beginner to intermediate paddlers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point. Cost is $25 per CBEC Member and $35 per Non CBEC Member.
Pre-registration is required by completing the online form: REGISTER HERE
Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-262-2032. Space is limited.
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13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers – Early Registration Discount until Sept. 8
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) wants you to know that it is not too late to register or create your own team for the 13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers (formerly Tour de Talbot) bike ride on Sunday, September 17 at Chesapeake College. Fall is a beautiful time to take to the backroads of Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot Counties, all in support of healthier Midshore rivers. Ride for Clean Rivers is for all ages and levels. Riders can choose from 20-mile, 35-mile, or 63-mile (metric century) routes, which all include SAG support and rest stops with food and drink. At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy a BBQ lunch with cold drinks and live music.
It is a day filled with fun, friends, fitness, and a bit of fundraising, for those who wish to make a donation. This year, MRC’s goal is to have 500 registered riders and to raise $50,000. We know we can do it with your help! Although it is not required, once registered, we encourage riders to reach out to their friends, families, neighbors, and business associates, and ask them to sponsor their ride. All proceeds support MRC’s work to restore and preserve our local rivers. And did we mention the prize? Don’t miss it—the individual who raises the most money will become the proud owner of a brand new bike. Visit rideforcleanrivers.org for all the details.
Register now and receive an early registration discount. Discounted registration price is available through September 8. Be sure to register by September 8 in order to be guaranteed your event tee-shirt.
Thank you to event sponsors Dock Street Foundation, Agency of Record, Bicycling magazine, Bike Doctor, Bay Pediatric Center, The Brewer’s Art, C-Jam Yacht Sales, Chesapeake College, S.E.W. Friel, KELLY Benefit Strategies, The Orthopedic Center, and SweetWater Brewing. Rest stop sponsors are Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Bay 4-H Club, Solar Energy Services, and Sprout.
All proceeds go toward MRC’s ongoing education, restoration, and water quality monitoring programs. To register or learn more, visit rideforcleanrivers.org. For more information, please call at 443.385.0511 or email email@example.com.
Job Opening: CRC Staffer with the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team
Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires committed, passionate, diverse individuals. The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to the environmental Modeling Workgroup on the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) Team. The Modeling Group develops, maintains, and applies environmental models in support of decision making by the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership. Quarterly Modeling Workgroup meetings provide the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership opportunity to supervise the modeling work. STAR’s mission is to facilitate productive deployment of scientific resources, to provide high quality and timely information to managers, and to expand communication between workgroups. STAR supplies a forum for analysis and synthesis, and engaging government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions. Monthly STAR meetings foster continuing dialogue between Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams and data providers, ensuring effective and responsive use of scientific resources in addressing management questions.
The successful applicant will provide support to the Modeling Workgroup, STAR, and selected STAR workgroups, and through coordination, logistics, and documentation will gain hands on experience in working with natural resource managers from agencies and institutions around the Chesapeake Bay. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to apply technical knowledge and skills such as Geographic Information Systems proficiencies, computer model code development and maintenance, statistical analysis, and literature reviews in the area of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling. The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.
The ideal candidate for the position would have the following background and qualifications:
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in natural, social, or environmental science or engineering, or a related area of study.
Technical knowledge and skills such as aptitude with Geographic Information Systems, and/or computer model code development and maintenance, and/or statistical analysis.
The ability to research, organize, and synthesize complex information.
The ability to do literature reviews in the general areas of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with partners at all levels of program activities with diplomacy.
The ability to work independently and under tight timelines.
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
The ability to work with people in a consensus building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas, and draft concise meeting minutes.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
Interest in learning how a multi-party, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals.
A will to explore your career options, develop an extensive network in the field of watershed and estuarine restoration, and the passion and enthusiasm for the work and Chesapeake Bay Program.
The annual salary is $40,030 and a competitive vacation and benefits package is included for the three-year position. In addition to the experience gained through their work assignments, Staffers, through individual professional development plans, also attend professional conferences, workshops, and training related to their position and identified future career interests.
Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, transcript [unofficial is fine] and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include information concerning education and professional background, as well as immediate and long-term career goals.
Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available at http://www.chesapeake.org. Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program is available at http://www.chesapeakebay.net.
CRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or national origin. CRC maintains a drug-free workplace. All Staffers are required to complete a federal background check upon hire.
Announcement Close Date: August 20, 2017
Maryland Water Monitoring Council – 23rd Annual Conference
The MWMC will hold its 23rd Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, December 8, 2017. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, and the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social (location TBA).
The challenges of restoring and protecting our aquatic resources are daunting. Stressors related to climate change and population growth will require us to adapt as we move further into the 21st Century. But there are reasons to be optimistic. Enhanced implementation of sound science, supported by robust water monitoring will undoubtedly be essential to ensure healthy aquatic ecosystems in the future. With such challenges in mind, the theme of the 2017 MWMC conference is Managing Water Quality in a Changing World. Concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. These sessions include Climate Change and Adaptation, Stream Restoration Biomonitoring, Leveraging Data Sources, New Monitoring Technologies, Agriculture and Water Quality, Citizen Science, and Communicating Progress and Successes. The morning plenary session will feature two presentations:
“The 2016 Ellicott City Flood: A 225-Year-Old Mill Town’s Survival Story” by Jim Caldwell – Director, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability
“A 10,000 Year Record of Climate, Forests, Land Use, and Chesapeake Water Quality” by Grace Brush – Professor, Johns Hopkins University
For more information about registration, submitting an abstract, the annual Carl Weber Award and Student Poster Awards, see the Annual Conference web page.
Questions? Email Dan Boward at email@example.com
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To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.
ESLC seeks a creative, energetic individual to join our team and serve as our Outreach Coordinator. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for leading all volunteer management, community outreach, and organizational event activities. The Outreach Coordinator supports the outreach needs of all ESLC programs including land protection, land use planning, education, public policy, town projects, coastal resilience, and philanthropy. The Outreach Coordinator will coordinate with ESLC staff on volunteer and outreach needs, and assist in the planning and implementation of all events.
• Planning and implementing outreach activities to promote goals for
Advancement and the organizational strategic plan.
• Lead the planning, promotion, and implementation of ESLC’s annual gala
celebration, Party to Preserve.
• Have ownership over the use and content of the ESLC information table.
• Target new audiences/populations with opportunities for engagement with
ESLC as identified in the ESLC strategic plan.
• Collaborate with outside community programs and other non-profits to
expand understanding and awareness of ESLC and promote membership to a
broader base of people.
• Regularly assess organizational needs for volunteers and evolve the program
• Provide support for existing volunteer programs, including Land Stewards,
SEEC, and other programs as needed.
• Work with staff members to understand their needs and opportunities for
volunteer support and revise or develop volunteer positions to meet these
• Maintain accurate records of volunteer interests, training, and participation.
Work in concert with Facilities Manager to keep record of volunteer support.
• Provide ideas/content to Communications Manager in messaging for the
general and specific communities.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
• Bachelor’s degree preferred along with 2-3 years non-profit experience.
• Strong management and organizational skills to coordinate events with ESLC
staff, volunteers and other organizations.
• Event planning experience preferred.
• Strong interpersonal skills, communicates well with diverse groups of people.
• Interest in others and respect for different perspectives, while representing
ESLC and its policies.
• Able to respond to organizational change productively, maintain a positive
attitude and take leadership position when appropriate with staff.
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and general computer skills, and
database experience a plus.
• A collegial and collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic,
enthusiastic attitude, and sense of humor
• Ability to work independently and take direction from others, solve problems
with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
• Independent, highly organized, detail-oriented.
• Principled individual with high ethical standards.
• Creative problem solver.
Based in our Easton office, this position offers great opportunity for growth and professional development. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes very competitive benefits.
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“The Woods in Your Backyard” Online Course from University of Maryland Extension
The Woods in Your Backyard online course – Fall 2017
Wednesday, August 30 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
Registration is now open for the Fall session of “The Woods in Your Backyard” online course. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 12 weeks from August 30th to December 3rd, 2017. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.
The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. The course is limited to 25 participants, so sign up now! For more information, go to https://extension.umd.edu/woodland/woods-your-backyard/online-course. To register through Eventbrite, go to https://wiyb_online_fall2017.eventbrite.com. Registration closes September 4.
Mid Atlantic Urban Wood Forum: Applied Practices in Utilization, 08/15-08/16
Mid Atlantic Urban Wood Forum: Applied Practices in Utilization
August 15 – 16, 2017, 8 AM – 3:30 PM
This forum will feature a host of urban wood experts from across the United States. The target audience for this forum includes arborists, tree care companies, forestry professionals, wood crafters, municipality staff, academia and portable sawmill owners.
Sponsored by US Forest Service, Southern Region, Virginia Department of Forestry, Trees Virginia (Virginia Urban Forest Council), and the Virginia Urban Wood Group.
Cost: $140.00 (includes breakfast and lunch both days, morning and afternoon refreshments, and the field trip)
CEUs: This event has been approved for a total of 10.75 ISA CEUs (attendance for both days). This event has also been approved for a total of 11 SHARP Logger Continuing Education Credits
Register online at: http://www.treesvirginia.org/events/paid/74-mauwf
Webinar: The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach, 8/15 12 PM EDT
Webinar: The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach
Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)
Several years in the making, this comprehensive and widely anticipated guide was finally released at the Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry Conference last fall. Developed as part of a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute, the free handbook is designed to help urban forest managers assess the state of their urban forest, identify issues and opportunities, and chart a path toward long-term sustainability. It presents a scalable approach that can be adapted by any “community” that seeks to pursue a similar path in its realm of responsibility. This could include a county, city, park district, conservation district, university or corporate campus, homeowner association, or any other such entities. An updated self-assessment method, based on the pioneering “Model of Urban Forest Sustainability” first developed by Jim Clark and colleagues in 1997, forms a cornerstone of the guide. The assessment tool enables users to set goals and track progress on numerous targets within three broad categories: Trees and Forest, Community Framework, and Resource Management Approach.
The Sustainable Urban Forest publication is available for download online and will also be accessible for download during the webinar.
Presented by: Michael Leff, author of The Sustainable Urban Forest
Where: Webinar at https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry
Use the link above to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.
Continuing Education Credits: One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. One CEU for International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists will be awarded with 80% or higher score on webinar quiz. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.
For more information, visit http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars
or contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or email@example.com
Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at CBEC
Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Maryland Master Naturalist Certification Program offered at CBEC
Engaging the Community Outdoors
Become a Maryland Master Naturalist at CBEC!
The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a structured, science-based certificate program that supports Maryland citizens desire to learn more about the natural history of Maryland and who are willing to share the knowledge gained with others. The Program is designed and offered by the University of Maryland Extension through a host site and facilitator. The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is excited to announce that it will be a host site for the Coastal Plain region with Courtney Leigh, Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator acting as the Facilitator. The Maryland Master Naturalist Program develops a network of trained volunteers to serve their communities as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education,research and stewardship.
Certified Maryland Master Naturalist Program Details 2017
Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 6 – Dec 13 9:30am-3:30pm
(Field Trip: Sept 13)
Participants must be 18 years or older.
Course fee: $250/person
Host site: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) offers opportunities to explore and learn about the natural world. Utilizing CBEC’s beautiful 510-acre waterfront site, staff and volunteers provide exceptional environmental education programs, special events and recreational experiences for students, families, outdoor enthusiasts and organized groups.
600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638 | 410.827.6694 | Bayrestoration.org
Course Facilitator: Courtney Leigh, CBEC Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply, click to download the application, complete, and submit to email@example.com
Maryland Master Naturalist Application at CBEC
University of Maryland Extension Programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.
Maryland Master Naturalist Advanced Training: Introduction to Bird Language
Tuesday, August 15 8-noon at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Wednesday, August 16 8-noon at Pickering Creek Audubon Center
Explore the world of birds beyond identification and classification. Birds and other animals share a language that allows them to safely navigate their world and stay connected to each other. Learn how to “listen” to what birds say through their vocalizations and behaviors in this structured immersive field experience. During this two-day workshop you will learn how to identify the unique patterns of behavior common across many species. Hone your observation skills in the field and awaken your understanding of what birds are saying in real time about the landscape around them. Join us to work closely with fellow naturalists to map out and interpret your observations. Enhance how you share the natural world with others by studying bird language.
Registration: $20 for one day or $35 for both days by following the link below:
For more details and or questions contact Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate- Clean Water Supply
American Rivers is currently recruiting for an Associate, Clean Water Supply. This is a new position in Pennsylvania – New Cumberland, PA is the preferred office location; however, there is some flexibility for a successful candidate to work remotely from the Philadelphia area. The Associate helps conduct outreach and communication activity in support of the Clean Water Supply program. S/he will help advance water management policies and practices that promote natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s municipalities. Please see https://americanrivers.org/about-us/careers/ for more information.
Clean Water Supply- Associate Director
American Rivers is currently recruiting for an Associate Director, Clean Water Supply. This is a new position in Pennsylvania – New Cumberland, PA is the preferred office location; however, there is some flexibility for a successful candidate to work remotely from the Philadelphia area. The Associate Director manages stormwater programs in support of the Clean Water Supply program. S/he will promote water management policies and practices that advance natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s urban municipalities. The Associate Director will also conduct research on stormwater management issues pertinent to the Commonwealth, while coordinating outreach and engagement with partners and agency personnel as needed. Please see https://www.americanrivers.org/about-us/careers/ for more information.
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TODAY- WEBINAR: Drought and Urban Forests, July 25, 2:00 PM EDT
Webinar: Drought and Urban Forests
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
Please join the USDA Office of Sustainability and Climate for a webinar about urban forest health in the face of a changing climate.
Recent droughts have caused stress and mortality in urban forests, reducing the cooling, clean air, and carbon storage provided by trees. Because human populations are growing in most U.S. cities, it will become increasingly important to maintain healthy, productive urban forests. Scientists and urban foresters are working together to quantify recent drought-related stress and find management strategies for sustainable urban landscapes.
Audio Conference Line: 1-877-369-5243; Access Code: 0288882#
WO Meeting Room: Civilian Conservation Corps (PNW04)
Questions? Contact Lois Ziemann, email@example.com
The Department of Defense Chesapeake Bay Program Releases its 2017 Summer Journal
The DoD Chesapeake Bay Program has released the 2017 Summer Journal highlighting stewardship activities conducted by Department of Defense installations throughout the watershed. Available on DENIX at the following link:
ORISE Fellow: Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water
Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water
EPA Water 2017-415
A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW). The appointment will be served with the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in Washington, DC.
This project is to design and implement a plan to advance EPA’s understanding and support of water technology and innovation to accelerate progress toward clean and safe water and long term water resource sustainability.
The intern will be mentored by an EPA OW team focused on water technology innovations, involved with a range of technical, policy and program support activities to assess how OW programs and policies can better foster consideration and integration of sustainability principles and technological innovations into its programs. Under the guidance of the mentor, the intern may be involved in:
Conducting research activities in areas such as resource recovery and pollution prevention; green infrastructure; sensors for water monitoring and big data; water sustainability operationalization; and research interests of the intern and the team.
Implementing the 10 market opportunities described in the Water Technology Innovation Blueprints through research and policy priorities (hhttps://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-technology-innovation-blueprints.
Becoming familiar with water sector affairs/stakeholders and developing water-related research/ practitioner skills.
Developing and reviewing communication and outreach materials, including white papers, talking points, brochures, website content, and blog posts (https://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-innovation-and-technology).
Developing metrics and performance measures to assess progress of the market opportunities and innovation in the water sector. Tracking progress to implement water innovation goals.
Analyzing the opportunities and implications of water technology and innovation through the lenses of infrastructure; economic impact; policy; small systems; equity, affordability, and accessibility.
Researching innovative technologies and solutions in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and ambient water.
The intern will have the opportunity to attend conferences and meetings regarding technology, innovation, and sustainability.
Through this project, the intern will develop a sound understanding of water resources management, including the critical challenges facing the U.S. and world, and gain an understanding of initiatives that are currently being implemented and are on the horizon to solve water resource issues. They will be exposed to regulatory, policy, technical, and research experiences related to Water Sustainability.
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA.
The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The annual stipend will $54,972. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.
The mentor for this project is Jeffrey Lape (firstname.lastname@example.org). The desired start date is September 1, 2017.
Master’s degree in environmental engineering, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental public policy or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.
How To Apply
A complete application consists of:
Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
Two educational or professional references
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
If you have questions, send an email to EPArpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.
Number of Openings
Office of Water (OW)
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
Degree: Currently pursuing a Master’s degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
Life Health and Medical Sciences
Other Physical Sciences
Earth and Geosciences
Environmental Science Studies
Environmental and Marine Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
History of Science
Political Science and Government
Science Policy/Science & Society
Urban and Regional Planning
Veteran Status: None
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Announces New Executive Director
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional leader in Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration since 1971, announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Kate A. Fritz as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search undertaken to replace current Executive Director, Al Todd, who will be retiring in August 2017. Ms. Fritz currently serves as the Executive Director of the South River Federation in Annapolis, Maryland. She will assume her new role with the Alliance on August 1st .
Ms. Fritz has over 15 years of leadership experience focused on building and fostering partnerships and collaborative teams engaged in the work of watershed restoration and protection. She has worked in the environmental sector as a scientist, local planner, project manager, sustainability coordinator, and for the last 3+ years as the Executive Director of the South River Federation where she grew the organization into a well-respected advocate for water quality. Ms. Fritz is a certified Master Watershed Steward and a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, where she remains a leader. Most recently, while at the South River Federation, Kate helped build a multimillion dollar stream restoration and stormwater reduction program and led a highly regarded monitoring program that tracks the health of the South River.
“We are excited about the new energy and ideas and strong sense of mission and leadership Kate will bring to the organization”, said Bob Paul, Board Chair. “At this critical time for Chesapeake restoration, the Alliance is confident that Kate will build on our successes and prepare the organization to meet the challenges of the future.”
Ms. Fritz stated, “The opportunity to grow my impact from a 66 square mile watershed to the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed is incredibly exciting for me both professionally and personally. I am confident that the work I have done with the South River Federation will lead to great successes for the Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole.”
Ms. Fritz earned an Executive Master of Natural Resources focused on Leadership in Sustainability degree from Virginia Tech, as well as a masters degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is also a certified Maryland Qualified Professional Forester and a LEED Green Associate certified professional.
“After over 25 years working on the Chesapeake restoration effort and an amazing 6 years as Alliance Director, I am delighted to see Kate take over leadership. I look forward to staying involved with the Alliance during the transition and as needed over the coming year,” said Al Todd.
The public is invited to the Alliance’s Taste of the Chesapeake on September 14 th in Annapolis to meet and welcome Ms. Fritz in her new role and say farewell to Al Todd. Taste tickets are available at: http://www.allianceforthebay.org/taste
Environmental Education July Offerings at CBEC
PADDLEPALOOZA on July 15th 8:00am-3:00pm
There will be no Kayak Rentals on July 15th due to Paddlepalooza!
Please join us for the 3 mile paddle and enjoy the lively after party at the Lakeside Pavilion. Food from Smoke, Rattle, and Roll. Live Music. Beer Truck.
All proceeds benefit CBEC’s Kayak Wetland Education Program!
Sign up by Friday, July 7th:
Can’t commit to the paddle but want to join in the dry land fun….meet us at the Lakeside Pavilion between 11am-2pm…have lunch and listen to the band: What’s Her Face And The Stuff. Beer and Food are available for purchase!
Guided Kayak Trips
July 13th at 5:30pm
July 16th at 1:00pm-SOLD OUT
July 23rd at 1:00pm
An ACA certified Kayak Instructor and Naturalist will guide you through basic kayak instruction and then lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! Guided trips are offered three times a month from May through October during the 2017 season. These trips are for beginner to intermediate kayakers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.
Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form: https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/
Stand Up Paddle Board Guided Tour
July 23rd 9:30am
Karla Horton from Dragonfly Paddle will guide you through basic SUP instruction and then Courtney Leigh, Certified Interpretive Guide, will lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! This trip is for beginner to intermediate paddlers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point. Cost is $25 per CBEC member and $35 per Non CBEC member. Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form: REGISTER HERE
Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh at email@example.com or 443-262-2032. Space is limited.
Guided Hike: CBEC Ecology Tour
July 22nd at 1:00pm
Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s Lake Trail for this unique opportunity to discover some of the natural features and treasures found on our property. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula. There is a half-way rest stop with restroom accessibility. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars. Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.
Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members
Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip by completing the online form:
Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-262-2032. Space is limited
Guided Hike: Introduction to Birding
July 27th at 1:00pm
Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerine’s, and binoculars. Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.
Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members
Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip:
Creepy Crawlers Gardening Preschool Program:
Members: $3 Non Members: $5
Friend or Foe?
July 17th at 10:00am
Discover which bugs are helpful and which are not. Help us start pumpkin vines for Halloween!
Paddlepalooza at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
JULY 15th, 2017
REGISTRATION ENDS ON FRIDAY, JULY 7th for CBEC’s first ever Paddlepalooza. Kayak, Canoe, or SUP your way around our 3 mile marsh fringed peninsula. Following the paddle, participants will enjoy a lively party at our Lakeside Pavilion offering beer and food from Smoke, Rattle, and Roll while listening to live music!
July 15th, 2017 at 9:00am at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD
REGISTER HERE: https://www.bayrestoration.org/paddlepalooza
Vendor Space available
All proceeds benefit our Kayak Education Programs
Kayak’s and SUP’s available to rent
Not a race
Safety support provided by Power Squadron and DNR
Bottomless Beer per participant
Spectators can enjoy hiking trails and beach
For more information, contact Courtney Leigh at email@example.com or 410-827-6694.
We are looking forward to seeing you there,
Register Today for Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop, 8/8-8/9
Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop
When: Tuesday August 8, 2017: 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, Laurel MD
Don’t miss your chance to attend Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop! This two-day event hosted by Lillie Leaf Solutions will bring together diverse stakeholders working to retain and increase healthy tree canopy in their communities. Learn from exemplary regional and national initiatives, including TreeBaltimore, New Jersey Tree Foundation, Miami Parks and Recreation, and Urban ReLeaf in Oakland, California.
Whether you work in government, a nonprofit, the private sector or contribute as a community volunteer, this workshop is designed to help you address environmental injustice as it relates to community trees.
This workshop is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, in partnership with Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Urban Forestry Administration, Prince George’s County, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Maryland Tree Expert and International Society of Arboriculture CEUs are pending.
Travel scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Maryland Natural Resources Photo Contest Heats Up
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting entries for its annual photo contest now through Aug. 31, 2017.
Winning entries will be posted online, featured in an issue of the quarterly Maryland Natural Resource magazine and adorn the 2018 wall calendar.
The best overall photo receives a grand prize of $500 cash, a 2017 Maryland State Park and Trail Passport, a complimentary five-year magazine subscription and five copies of the 2018 calendar. First, second and third place winners will also receive prizes.
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 MAIPC/SERMA conference
Registration is open for the 2017 joint Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council / Society for Ecological Restoration, Mid-Atlantic Chapter conference, Invasion Biology: Paths to Conservation and Restoration Success.
You can find the full agenda at that link as well.
We have held the price to the same as in 2015, at $210 for the full conference ($100 for students with ID).
Lodging is available for $40 per night in the Juniata College dormitory.
Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on Aug 1 & 2, coffee at break times, and appetizers during the poster session.
We are working on securing credits from ASLA, and ISA, and have applied for pesticide licensing CEUs from all states in the mid-Atlantic.
For the afternoon field session on Day 2, Invasive Plant Control Inc. will lead a demonstration of tools, equipment and treatment methods for common invasive plants, and participants may also tour a riparian restoration site with the local watershed conservation district manager. The site includes invasive plant management in a wetland area, restoration with native plants, and significant tree canopy loss due to the emerald ash borer.
A limited number of scholarships are available for students to offset the cost of the conference (but not travel and lodging). Students can apply for scholarships by filling out this form. Scholarships are sponsored by Invasive Plant Control Inc., and Pepco. Other sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available, see attached letter.
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