About Jenny McGarvey

Jenny is a senior program manager based in the Alliance’s Virginia office. She serves a dual managerial role over the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, ForumPlus, and Chesapeake Network, and aspects of our Chesapeake Forest program.
  • A landscape photo, taken in the middle of a creek facing upstream, with rows of tree tubes on each side of the stream protecting newly planted trees in the surrounding fields.

By-the-Numbers: Alliance and Partners Plant Over 69,500 Trees this Spring!

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay teamed up with partners from across the Watershed to plant over 69,500 trees in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia this spring 2019! Our innovative forest programs improve the health of existing trees and forests, create new forests in places important to water quality and to watershed residents,

  • Tree Planting from the Christiana Boro

The Alliance’s Fall Tree Plantings: A Season in Review

Autumn is a great time to plant trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This fall, the Alliance with partner support and volunteers put over 2,000 trees in the ground. Read more about our work by state below. Pennsylvania The Alliance planted 14.81 acres of streamside forest buffer over six sites in Franklin, Cumberland,

2018 Chesapeake Forest Champions Award Winners

Jenny McGarvey, the Alliance's Chesapeake Forests Program Manager, introduces Jennifer Gagnon, who was not able to join us at the award ceremony. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the US Forest Service presented the 2018 Chesapeake Forest Champion Awards at the 13th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV, attended by over

Chesapeake Forests Program Intern

INTERNSHIP POSITION DESCRIPTION for Chesapeake Forests Program Intern (VA Office) Title:                  Chesapeake Forests Program Intern (VA Office) Hours:              10 hours per week Duration:        3-6 months, or until school requirements are satisfied Location:         612 Hull St, Suite 101C, Richmond, VA 23224

Alliance and Partners Plant Over 87,000 Trees this Spring

Earth Day tree planting event in Wardensville, W.Va., on April 22, 2018. Nearly 80 volunteers helped plant 100 fruit and nut-bearing trees, as well as 50 additional trees and edible shrubs. The trees will provide a riparian buffer between the 100-acre farm and the Cacapon River. (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program) The

New Year, New Chesapeake Forests Projects!

The start of a new year is perfect timing to highlight the new and exciting projects that the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s forest team will be rolling out in 2018. This work will serve landowners and local communities in their efforts to restore woodlands and manage for healthier forests and wildlife habitat throughout the

Chesapeake Forest Champions Honored for Efforts to Conserve and Restore Forests

From left to right: Craig Highfield, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; Jenny McGarvey, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; Judy Okay; Kris West, Finger Lakes Land Trust; Jed Shilling; Sally Claggett, USDA Forest Service. Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program Trees are our greatest allies in reducing the amount of pollution that enters our

The Bewitching Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

The North American native shrub witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) soon will seem an eerie sight in our Chesapeake woods. Witch hazel is fairly easy to identify during the growing season by the shallow, rounded teeth and lopsided base that characterize its leaves. It is nearly impossible to miss, however, following leaf fall, when its bright

Alliance & Partners Launch New Forestry Websites

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program's Forestry Workgroup and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, launched two new websites to help support those working to plant and protect trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Chesapeake Riparian Forest Buffer Network and Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network were created with

Protecting One of Maryland’s Pristine Brook Trout Streams with the Chesapeake Forest Fund

Forest landowner Peter Brown stands next to Blue Lick, a headwater stream of the Savage River. Forests are the best land use for reducing excessive sediment and nutrient inputs into the creeks, streams, and rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Trees prevent severe soil erosion, they trap and take up nutrient pollution

Embracing a Conservation Mindset in the Foothills of Western Virginia with the Chesapeake Forest Fund

Tree planting on Ballina Farm. Lori Keenan and her family purchased their 234 acre farm in 1999. At the time, the family sought an escape from their residence in the middle of the bustling Washington, D.C. area. They found relief in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in nearby rural Virginia. Their family

Restoring Riparian Forests in the Blue Ridge of Virginia

In 2013, the Civil War Trust purchased 195 acres of land alongside the Shenandoah River near Bluemont, Virginia. This site was the location of the July 18th, 1864, Battle of Cool Spring. As part of the site’s historical preservation, the Trust sought to transform the property from an abandoned golf course back to a native