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.

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

2013 Chesapeake Forest Champions Honored

Download the full Press Release: 2013 Chesapeake Forest Champions Honored (.pdf)   Shepherdstown, WV   The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and US Forest Service announced the 2013 winners for the Chesapeake Forest Champions contest. The purpose of their annual contest is to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and groups to conserve,

Woods and Your Wallet Workshop

Forests for the Bay is hosting a free woodland conservation funding workshop for landowners on August 26 from 6:30 to 8:30PM at the College of Southern Maryland. The workshop will demonstrate how landowners can lower their taxes, find money and assistance to plant trees, and protect their property for future generations. To register visit,

Nominate a Chesapeake Forest Champion

To help celebrate International Year of Forests, the U.S. Forest Service and partners are launching a new annual contest to recognize forest champions throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Forests provide clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and a host of other benefits to people. With around 100 acres of the region’s

The Woods in Your Backyard

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00am – 3:15pm Forest Resources Building Room 107, Penn State University Park Campus Department of Ecosystem Science and Management Bigler Rd State College, PA 16803 Cost: $20.00/person   Do you have woods in your backyard? Would you like to reduce your lawn, plant trees, and invite wildlife to your

Maryland: The “No-Net-Loss” of Forest State

Governor Martin O’Malley today signed into law first-of-its-kind legislation that amends Maryland’s forest conservation policy to maintain the State’s current 40 percent tree canopy – a no-net-loss.   Read more about the legislation on the Maryland DNR website: Governor O’Malley Signs Landmark Forest Legislation.

Forestry Course for Realtors

Private forestland plays a vital role in helping to maintain water quality and overall watershed health. The Alliance’s Forestry for the Bay program has developed and is offering a four hour professional course for Maryland realtors. In Maryland, and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, private forestland plays a vital role in helping

Alliance Establishes New Program on Chesapeake Forests

The Alliance is excited to announce the start of a new program designed to enhance the role of forest conservation and restoration in the Chesapeake region. The Chesapeake Forests program will work with partners to help private landowners, businesses and governments use forests to meet their environmental, economic and community objectives.