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About Craig Highfield

Craig is the Director of our Chesapeake Forests Program, where he manages a variety of projects that improve existing forests, create new ones, and educate residents and decision-makers about the benefits of forests in the Chesapeake watershed.

The Macabre Mushroom

It's not a dark and stormy night, but rather a clear and sunny day that I write about for my Halloween-themed forest tale. It was unusually hot and humid for an early autumn hike in the mountains of western Maryland. My wife, kids, dog and I were on our annual and perfectly timed pilgrimage to

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The Rubrum Cunundrum

Over the vast many years that I have been interacting with our region’s forest practitioners and enthusiasts, I have observed that many of us harbor a profound and deep emotional relationship to particular species of trees. These emotions run the gamut from effusive adoration to downright animosity. Some species are almost unanimous in the passions

Species Spotlight: Wild Turkey

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee. Photo by Tim Lumley. In keeping with the holiday theme of our last newsletter articles, I quickly volunteered to write the article for this November. Maybe, subconsciously, my willingness to take on the task was out of sheer laziness, but of course this article is

Small woodlots are a big deal to the Chesapeake’s restoration

The commencement of spring is always a significant moment in our Chesapeake forests. Buds swell, ready to break dormancy and add the first of the year’s growth to the canopy while green hues begin to emerge from the forest floor.   It is also significant for forest enthusiasts who, themselves, are breaking

Planning Your Legacy

“A society grows great when old men (and women) plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” I ran across this Greek proverb a while back. Although it has broader societal implications for sure, as a tree enthusiast, I can’t help narrowly interpreting it for the work we in the conservation

Healthy Streams Farm Stewardship Program

Gathered in a large event hall at Dutch’s Daughter restaurant in Frederick, MD, surrounded by plush carpeting, tapestries on the walls, and a projector screen pulled down over ornately carved wood fireplace, it seems an odd space to host a workshop for farmers on the value of streamside forest buffers. But local University of

Healthy Streams Farm Stewardship Program Workshop

Monday, February 23rd, 9:00 am – 11:30 am Dutch’s Daughter 581 Himes Avenue Frederick, MD 21703   Learn about strategies and new funding sources available to farmers to achieve healthier cows and cleaner streams. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is hosting the free workshop and lunch on February 23, 2015 at Dutch’s Daughter

Nominate a Chesapeake Forest Champion 2014

  2014 Chesapeake Forest Champion contest seeks nominations. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay with support from the U.S. Forest Service is soliciting nominations for their annual Chesapeake Forest Champions contest. Forests provide clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and a host of other benefits to people. In rural and urban

Keeping the Mighty Oaks

As spring finally arrived with its much-anticipated warmth and vibrant color, our oaks, the grand statesmen of our eastern deciduous forests, again waited patiently to break dormancy. It is as if they somehow understand their significance while choosing to remain wise and humble. Oaks (genus Quercus) have served a prominent role in

Woodland Crediting Platform

Forests For The Bay Launches New Tool To Help Develop Conservation Projects Nearly 80% of woodlands in the Chesapeake are owned by families and businesses. This means that much of the clean air and water, wildlife habitat, jobs, and other benefits are provided by private woodland owners. To help maintain and enhance

Your Woods and Your Wallet

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program A Woodland Conservation Funding Workshop   March 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Frederick, Maryland   Having woods on your property not only benefits wildlife, the air you breathe, and your local streams but your pocket as well. Forests for the Bay and the Catoctin Land Trust will introduce you to

Request for Tree Planting and Forest Management Services

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is helping the Maryland Forestry Board Foundation to seek qualified tree planting and forest management services for its Healthy Forests, Healthy Waters Initiative. The Initiative will implement riparian forest buffers, upland tree plantings and road erosion control projects that are part of private landowner forest management plans.   The implementation