About Jenna Mackley

Jenna is the Community Engagement Manager in our Pennsylvania office. She manages a variety of program functions such as event planning, volunteer coordination, social media, and more.

National Farmers Day Farmer Spotlight: Spring Meadow Dairy

The entrance to Spring Meadow Dairy marked with a Dairy of Distinction sign (Photo credit: Jenna Mackley). In addition to being Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 12th is also National Farmers Day. This is a day where we acknowledge the nation’s farmers for all they do to support their local communities. Farmers are

Celebrate National Wildlife Day!

Did you know there are about 2,300 threatened or endangered species in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? This daunting number is just one of the many reasons why restoring the lands and waters of our 64,000 square-foot watershed is so important. In celebration of National Wildlife Day on September 4, 2020, we’ve put together a list

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Wins Sustainability Award

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership has earned the Innovation Center for US Dairy’s 2020 Sustainability Award. The award recognizes U.S. dairy farms, businesses, and collaborative partnerships performing innovative work in providing environmental, social, and economic benefits as leaders in taking care of people, animals, and the planet. The Partnership is honored to receive national recognition

April Quarantine Activity: Removing Spotted Lanternfly Eggs Before They Hatch

April showers bring...the Spotted Lanternfly? Unfortunately, yes. The arrival of warmer, Spring weather also means the arrival of Spotted Lanternfly as late April marks the beginning of the species’ egg hatching season. Originally from China, India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was first found in the United States in 2014 in Berks

How to Celebrate Earth Day While Staying Home During COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed most of our Spring plans such as attending native plant sales, educational workshops, tree plantings, and more, Earth Day is still right around the corner -- April 22nd in fact. Earth Day 2020 is a special one; it marks the 50th Earth Day celebration and many people are using

Gearing Up For Spring Tree Plantings!

Despite the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been facing lately, it’s technically not spring yet. In fact, our Chesapeake Forests Team is just beginning to prepare for the spring riparian buffer, or streamside tree, planting season in Pennsylvania. The two main ways we prepare for planting season are by live staking (propagation by cutting) and flagging

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Plants 500 Trees on Lancaster County Farm

Alliance staff, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative staff., and Turkey Hill Dairy staff gather together after planting trees. On November 7th, Alliance staff were joined by employees from Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative and Turkey Hill Dairy to do what we do best — plant a riparian forest buffer! Riparian forest

Save the Date for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Save the date for the Alliance’s second Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 23, 2020! After great success back in January 2019, the team has already begun planning for a 2020 event again in four locations across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Lancaster, PA, Annapolis, MD, Richmond, VA, and Washington, D.C. We’re excited to once

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Wrapping Up Phase One

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership --a project the Alliance kicked off in 2018 in Pennsylvania --is wrapping up the first phase of the project. The majority of dairy producers have already completed or updated, or are in the process of updating or completing their conservation and manure management plans. Since plan writing is almost

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Alliance Partners with Turkey Hill for Cleaner Water in Pennsylvania

Jenna Mitchell, our PA State Director, and John Cox, President of Turkey Hill, take a tour of a farm. Picture source: Lancaster Newspaper (Blaine Shahan) The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is excited to announce that our Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership project is underway! The project, which sparked from ideas discussed at

Decomposers: The Creepy Crawly Critters of our Chesapeake Forests

The giant stag beetle (Lucanus elaphus) is the largest insect in the US that requires dead wood. Its larvae are important decomposers of fallen logs. Photo by Michael Ulyshen, USFS It’s alive! The forest floor, that is. When walking through the woods we mostly see leaves, sticks, and other dead plant material on