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  • New Announcement
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    Posted 4 days ago

    2018 Future Harvest CASA Conference Registration Now Open!

  • New Event
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    Webinar: i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree for Street Tree Inventories, 12/14 1 PM EST

    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree for Street Tree Inventories
    Join the Urban Natural Resources Institute for the December 2017 i-Tree Web Learning Session

    Thursday, December 14 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree for Street Tree Inventories

    This upcoming i-Tree Web Learning Session will demonstrate how i-Tree can help you get up to speed with the latest tools for looking at trees growing along your community’s roadways. i-Tree software includes analysis tools for urban forest managers that use tree inventory data to quantify the dollar value of annual environmental and aesthetic benefits: energy conservation, air quality improvement, CO2 reduction, stormwater control, and property value increase.

    i-Tree allows any community to conduct and analyze sample or compete street tree inventory data, and make estimates of the structure, function and value of these components of your urban forest. Baseline data can be used to effectively manage the resource, develop policy and set priorities. Looking at information collected on existing street trees, this software allows managers to evaluate current benefits, costs, and management needs.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for this session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. Please visit https://goo.gl/1EjAgh to register.

    The Urban Natural Resources Institute is an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

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    RFP for Choose Clean Water Conference Now Open!

    The 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 22 – Wednesday, May 23 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, PA.

    Each year, the Coalition’s Choose Clean Water Conference brings together a comprehensive and diverse group of more than 300 people from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The conference provides a 2-day forum for participants to learn about the most important and up-to-date Chesapeake restoration issues, network with fellow Chesapeake Bay supporters and activists, develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals, and learn from successes.
    Conference RFP Now Open!

    The Coalition is currently soliciting proposals for 1-hour sessions and field trips. This unique gathering offers a tremendous opportunity to gain broad exposure for a wide range of issues facing the Chesapeake. Any person or organization with valuable experience is invited to submit an application to conduct a session at the Conference. The deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5PM.

    Please find the RFP here.

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    Elk Creek Restoration Project Highlights Future of Chesapeake Conservation

    (Annapolis, Md.) – Chesapeake Conservancy recently joined partners to install vegetation and structures to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff and improve water quality on a property on Elk Creek, a tributary of Penns Creek, in Centre County, PA. On-the-ground partners for the project included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Habitat Forever, the Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Seven Willows LLC, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Funding for the project was provided by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania DEP Growing Greener and Glen’s Garden Market, and Winghaven Nursery donated nursery stock.

    The partners planted a 35-foot wide riparian buffer along a 1000-foot agriculturally impaired stretch of the stream. This is one of six sites that are part of a new mapping validation project to identify where restoration can have the greatest benefits to water quality and wildlife habitat.

    “Through this project, Chesapeake Conservancy and our partners are using precision conservation—projects at the right place, the right scale, the right size, the right time, and making sure they are working—to pilot a new approach to conservation. Instead of sweeping acquisitions or all-encompassing legislation, we can use the latest high-resolution datasets to conduct advanced geospatial analysis to better target and implement best management practices,” Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn said.

    An analysis done by the Chesapeake Conservancy determined that this one acre riparian restoration area has the potential to intercept and mitigate runoff from nearly 14 acres of upstream farmland, lawns, impervious surfaces, such as roadways and sidewalks. Mapping the relationship between upslope land and the creek receiving runoff can help identify priority areas where restoration can keep pollutants from entering local waterways and the Susquehanna River.

    “Precision conservation is one of the most exciting new concepts that I have been involved with in my twenty year career in conservation. With its data-driven tools, it truly has the potential to reshape how we approach, plan, and restore streams in Pennsylvania and beyond,” Frank Rohrer, restoration specialist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said. “Just as importantly it creates new partnerships with landowners and organizations, enabling us to get projects on the ground where they are needed the most.”

    Chesapeake Conservancy has financially supported this project through a partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Glen’s Garden Market. To balance the carbon footprint of shipping products from outside the Chesapeake Bay watershed to their grocery stores, Glen’s Garden Market provided funding for the riparian planting.

    The planting includes a diverse mix of high-value wildlife food and cover including shrub, tree, and pollinator forb species. “We are taking a holistic, multifaceted approach to stream restoration in Penns Valley and elsewhere in the Bay watershed,” Lysle Sherwin said. Mr. Sherwin is the principal of Seven Willows LLC and affiliate biologist with the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. Earlier this year, additional best management practices (BMPs) were implemented to control invasive exotic plants, exclude livestock from the stream, provide habitat for trout, and prevent future erosion and sedimentation.

    Chip Brown and Jonathan King own properties along this section of Elk Creek. Brown and King are both optimistic about the in-stream and riparian projects and look forward to continuing to work with all the groups that have made this project possible. “I believe this project will definitely help to stabilize the banks from eroding and increase habitat for the fish in Elk Creek,” King said.

    “The stream work has already improved the rate of flow in the stream in our property and helps to keep sediment off the stream bottom,” Brown said. “I have already spoken to other neighboring streamside landowners about conservation projects. In order for the project to be successful, educating other neighboring streamside landowners will be critical.”

    Currently, 21 Penns Valley landowners are participating in stream restoration and habitat buffer projects on five waterways sponsored by Penns Valley Conservation Association and numerous partners.

    New Mapping Validation Project

    The Chesapeake Conservancy has coordinated with local universities to monitor this location and validate the mapping methodology. In May before the BMPs were installed, four researchers and 15 students began monitoring this and five other study sites.   The research team will continue to monitor water chemistry, algae, fish, and macroinvertebrates at these sites in the ensuing years. Research findings will help validate and refine the mapping tools in order to create a model to use throughout the Susquehanna River watershed, which will ultimately benefit the Chesapeake Bay. Project partners include Chesapeake Conservancy, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Degenstein Foundation, Susquehanna University, and Bloomsburg University. The project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction program.

    This material is based on work supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction grants program, which support efforts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

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    Stormwater Seminar – December 13th – Register Now!

    CWEA’s Stormwater Committee
    Presents a One-Day Technical Seminar
    Stormwater: Too Simple?
    December 13, 2017

    Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS)
    692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

    Are stormwater design parameters and methods keeping up with the times? Have we oversimplified stormwater design? Are current standards adequately addressing the multitude of water quality challenges that municipalities are faced with? Join the CWEA Stormwater Committee as we explore these topics and more at our Fall Seminar.

    Registration:
    Early Bird Member: $ 80.00
    Early Bird Non-Member: $ 90.00
    Government Associates & Students: $ 30.00
    Exhibitors: $ 400.00 per table – space is limited

    After December 1, 2017
    Registration:
    Member: $ 95.00
    Non-Member: $105.00
    Government/Utility Associates & Students: $ 30.00
    Exhibitors: $ 400.00 per table
    Government/Utility Associates and Students
    There will be a very limited number of spots at this price, so please register early!! At the time of registration we will require official government ID and official college ID. There will be no exception to this policy.

    Sponsors
    Sponsorships are available for $ 150.00. Sponsors will have their company logo printed on program hand-outs. Sponsorships must be purchased by December 1, 2017 to have your logo printed on the program hand-outs.

    Exhibitors
    Table-top exhibits are available for $400 per table and includes 2 full registrations. Spaces are outside the auditorium and adjacent to the morning and afternoon break area. Tables are approximately 6-foot long. There is space behind the table for a full-sized backdrop if it is flat (otherwise table would protrude too far into the aisle). Vendor set-up is available the night before the seminar after 7:00 p.m.

    Click Here to Register

    Click Here to Print Agenda

  • New Announcement
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    2018 MAEOE Conference Registation is OPEN!

    Dear Friend,

    You are invited to the Annual MAEOE Conference on February 1 – 4, 2018 showcasing great environmental science, agricultural education and sustainable schools content. Join more than 550 colleagues from Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region  in Ocean City, MD. Join formal and non-formal educators and other professionals for networking, resources and examples from the classroom,  the school grounds and the community. 

    To find out more please select the option below “More Information”. Selecting YES will bring you to a summary page.

    If you are planning on purchasing an organizational membership, please do so by following the link underneath the “Member” and “Non-member” buttons.

    We can’t wait to see you in February, 

    The MAEOE Conference Committee

    When
    Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:00 AM – Sunday, February 4, 2018 4:00 PM

    Where
    Princess Royale
    9100 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 21842, USA USA
    Attire
    Casual
    More Information
    Find out about sessions, hotel information and more here!

    Last Date to Register!
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    For the best rates, please make sure to register by January 5!

  • New Announcement
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    Plant Sale – Great prices!

    Howard EcoWorks is developing a workforce to undertake environmental improvement projects in Howard County.  Howard EcoWorks has a partnership with the Howard County Department of Corrections to grow native plants for restoration projects.  Excess stock is being sold this fall to fundraise for our efforts.  Bulk discounts are available with great prices for a selection of perennials, shrubs and trees.  If you are interested in purchasing plants, please fill out a plant order form, attached here and available on our web-site: http://www.howardecoworks.org/keyword-news/nativeplantsale or send an email to hcecoworks@gmail.com  Delivery of bulk sales may be possible for an extra cost, please inquire.  Thank you!

    Plant Order Form(2)


    Lori Lilly, CEP
    Director, Howard EcoWorks
    http://www.howardecoworks.org/

     

     

  • New Announcement
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    Announcing our new Executive Director TODAY!

    Chesapeake BaySavers will be announcing the newest BaySaver today on Facebook at 4:00 PM!

    Head to our Facebook page to meet and learn about our new Executive Director and hear about all of the great things we are doing to restore the Chesapeake Bay for future generations.

    https://www.facebook.com/BaySavers

     

     

  • New Job Announcement
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    Marking and Communications Manager

    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a regional environmental nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, Delaware, seeks a full-time Marketing and Communications Coordinator to be responsible for promoting PDE, and its activities, to build awareness and engagement for protecting and enhancing the Delaware Estuary.  Key elements of this responsibility include managing the organization’s website, newsletter, and media presence (social and traditional) to meet programmatic goals and raise regional and national visibility.

    For the full job description, click here.

    Those who wish to apply should submit a cover letter and resume to Claire Birney by November 30, 2017.

  • New Announcement
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    Do you have 10 minutes to help with my graduate thesis?

    Dear colleagues,
    I am working towards a master’s in public health online through the University of South Florida.

    I am asking for your help with my thesis. To graduate I am conducting a survey and subsequent activity to be done around the holidays. The purpose of the survey is to explore the attitudes, barriers, and benefits associated with experiential gift giving and it should only take 8-10 minutes to complete. You can start it here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDBBAAFF. Please feel free to share this survey with others.

    Once you complete the survey please consider visiting this page (also linked in the survey thank you page) which discusses the activity – https://newdream.org/simplify-the-holidays-pledge. This activity will only take another 2 minutes.

    For more detail about my project you can read this blog post here – https://newdream.org/blog/what-would-it-take-to-shift-our-gifting-away-from-stuff?

    If you or your organization is interested in helping to promote these topics (decreasing consumption, increasing happiness, spending more time in nature and with family and friends, etc.) please reach out. I can provide you with sample social media posts, newsletter content or we can discuss a larger partnership. The campaign is being conducted pro-bono with no funding so any in-kind support is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Kelley

  • New Announcement
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    Atmospheric Rivers

    Of interest to stormwater studies:

    “In regions like the east and west coast of North America, New Zealand and south-east Asia, 50% of the fresh water that flows on land is attributed to atmospheric rivers.” http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nasa-has-mapped-reach-impact-atmospheric-rivers-first-time-ever-1645437

  • New Announcement
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    ICPRB is Hiring

    Senior Environmental Scientist/Engineer

    The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) seeks an Environmental Scientist/Engineer to undertake interesting and challenging projects in its water quality program area.  The primary responsibilities of this position include statistical analysis of water quality data; development of computer simulation models of rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries; formal presentation of project results to both technical staff and the general public; and written documentation of project development and results.  Typical projects have included assisting member jurisdictions in developing bacteria, sediment, and/or nutrient TMDLs for rivers, reservoirs, and small tidal systems.  ICPRB also is expecting to continue participating in the development of successive phases of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Watershed Model.

    Learn more…: https://www.potomacriver.org/about-us/jobs/

  • New Event
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    Webcast: Performing an Urban Site Assessment of Street Tree Planting Sites, 11/09 12 PM EST

    Performing an Urban Site Assessment of Street Tree Planting Sites
    Join the Urban Forestry Today Webcast.

    Thursday, November 9, 2017
    12:00 PM (Eastern)
    Urban tree health related challenges often arise from underlying site related conditions that typically include soil related problems. Join Prof Bryant Scharenbroch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, as he discusses the critical attributes of street tree planting site assessment and how practitioners can implement the new ‘rapid urban site index’ to identify potential problems.

    To attend live, & receive Free CEU’s visit: http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code: 311-319-675. This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit.

    ​The Urban Forestry Today Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association.

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    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree Database: Part 2

    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree Database: Part 2
    Join the Urban Natural Resources Institute for the September  i-Tree Web Learning Session

    Thursday, November 2, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree Database: Part 2

    This session will continue to introduce the latest i-Tree tool: Database.  Database provides a central submission site for new data that users develop while completing their own i-Tree studies. Submitted data is vetted and officially added to i-Tree Eco. i-Tree Database allows users to: View and comment on the tree species and location data in the databases; Add new species, location, precipitation, and pollution data to the databases.

    This is a continuation of last month’s session which introduced the software tool. If you were unable to attend Part 1, you are welcome to join this session, since it picks up on brand new topics related to i-Tree Database. This will be a very informative session, and take a look at this new i-Tree tool that has not yet be presented during the i-Tree Webcast Series.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for this session.
    Please visit https://goo.gl/QKzCBn to reserve your seat.

    The Urban Natural Resources Institute is an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

  • New Announcement
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    Last chance to register for Turning a New Leaf Conference!

    It’s not too late to register for the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council’s 2017 Turning a New Leaf Conference.

    Online registration is available at www.chesapeakelandscape.org/new-leaf/  but will close at 12 Noon on Monday, October 30.  To register after Noon on Monday, please print and fill out the attached registration brochure. You may fax the completed registration form to 410-296-8288, or bring to the conference with you to register on site.

    The conference will open Thursday evening, November 2, with a Welcome Dinner, featuring  guest speaker, Gem Bingol, from the Piedmont Environmental Council, and presentation of the Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award to Adele Ashkar, FASLA, of The George Washington University.

    The conference will be held on Friday, November 3 from 9 AM – 5 PM.  Highlights include a keynote presentation by Rick Darke, “The Design and Stewardship of the Living Landscape.”  Beth Ginter and Shereen Hughes will provide an overview of CCLC’s new Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional certification program. Other sessions focus on practical aspects of sustainable landscaping, new information about pollinators, native plants and biodiversity, and how to communicate more effectively about conservation landscaping. CEUs are available.

     

    Questions about registration? Call 410-823-1789.

    2017-new-leaf-registration-brochure

  • New Job Announcement
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    Environmental Science Educator

    NatureBridge is hiring for a unique and exciting Environmental Science Educator position shared between our campuses in Virginia (near Washington DC) and California (near San Francisco). The positions runs from April-November 2018, and includes housing, a travel stipend, and benefits.

    Educators will work the spring season at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, transfer to the Golden Gate campus in California for the summer, then return to Prince William Forest Park for the fall season. This is an ideal position for experienced educators wishing to expand their knowledge and skill set, and live and work in two culturally and ecologically different places. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge is a leading organization in the field of outdoor environmental science education.

    View the linked job description for more information and details about applying for this position. Please direct questions to Rae Parks, Senior Educator, at midatlanticsearch@naturebridge.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • New Announcement
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    Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative 2017-2018 grant program: Request for Letters of Inquiry

    Request for Letters of Inquiry

    Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative Grants Program

    Colleagues and friends in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

    We are pleased to announce a new round of grantmaking for 2017-2018 through the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative.

    A partnership of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and the Land Trust Alliance, the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative seeks projects that will accelerate land conservation and stewardship on conserved lands to protect and restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

    We invite Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from eligible organizations undertaking projects that positively impact water quality and meet the stated goals and interests of the Initiative’s grantmaking program.

    The full Request for LOIs, with further details, is attached to this post and also available here. Learn about projects funded in our inaugural 2016-2017 grant round here. Also attached are general FAQs for operating the Alliance’s online application system.

    Funding requests of $10,000-30,000 will be considered, and approximately $180,000 will be available in this second year of the program. LOIs will be accepted through November 14, 2017, and successful applicants will be invited in late December 2017 to submit full proposals for consideration.

    Prospective grantees are invited and encouraged to attend a conference call and webinar on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:30 am to learn more about the grantmaking program and LOI process. More information and registration is available here.

    If you have questions or need more information after reviewing the Request for LOIs, please contact Jennifer Miller Herzog, Chesapeake Program Manager at the Land Trust Alliance at jmillerherzog@lta.org or 406-580-6410.

    Best regards,

    Jamie Baxter                                                 Jennifer Miller Herzog

    Program Director                                         Chesapeake Program Manager

    Chesapeake Bay Funders Network           Land Trust Alliance

    FAQs Using the Online Grant Application and Reporting System, Oct 2017

    Chesapeake Land and Water Initiative Call for LOIs, Oct 2017 FINAL

  • New Job Announcement
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    Administrative Officer III Recruitment #17-002247-0043

    This position serves the departmental outreach coordinator for underserved populations.   The core function of the position is to assist the department in building better relationships with diverse and underrepresented communities for the purpose of enhancing customer services to all communities served by the Department of Natural Resources.  In addition, the position will support the DNR Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator with the implementation of the Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan (SDEIP).  Bilingual skill is preferred for this position but not required.

  • New Job Announcement
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    Program Manager – Rock Creek Conservation Corps

    Rock Creek Conservation Corps, or “RC3,” is a summer youth conservation program that helps protect and revitalize Rock Creek and its parklands while providing transformative experiences to youth and empowering non-traditional leaders in conservation to develop and sustain a culture of environmental stewardship for future generations. July 2017 marked the third year for the program and included 40 students, ages 16-19. In 2018, the program will be expanded to include 60 students.
    The RC3 Program Manager will oversee the management of the Rock Creek Conservation Corps, including youth stream teams, which are an integral part of the program. The selected candidate will work closely with the Director of Programs & Operations to plan for and implement the continued growth and expansion of RC3. The RC3 Program Manager will also provide support, when needed, to other Conservancy programming, especially volunteer programs.
    For the complete job announcement, please visit http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/who-we-are/employment

  • New Event
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    Trash Summit: Transforming Communities for Clean Land, Safe Water, Healthy Lives

    The 11th Annual Trash Summit will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore local to regional solutions. Join us and be a part of the conversation.

    This year’s Summit features keynote speaker, Rachael Miller, co-founder and executive director of the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean. Hosted at Nationals Park, beside the Anacostia River, the event will include a variety of round table discussions and panels with local leaders, presentations on the topic, and an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding community members working towards a trash free watershed.

    Learn more:

    http://fergusonfoundation.org/potomac-watershed-trash-summit/potomac-watershed-trash-summit/

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