About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Alliance's Program Manager for our Chesapeake Forests program. He focuses on forest conservation and restoration within the watershed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.

Species Spotlight: Table Mountain Pine

A Table Mountain Pine limb, Shenandoah National Park. Photo by Ryan Davis Dry, rocky ridges are home to plants that show how tough it is to live there. Gnarled limbs and stunted stature are common on wind-scoured peaks where soil is shallow and poor in nutrients. Many species can be found in better

Native Shrubs: the workhorses of our streamside forests

Native moisture-tolerant shrubs that fringe this stream in western Maryland improve the water quality and habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic fauna. Ninebark fruits are developing in the foreground, and several dogwood and viburnum species hold the white flowers peppering the shrub layer in the background. (Photo by Ryan Davis) Not many woody

5 Common Edible Summertime Berries in the Chesapeake

Forest Foraging for Summertime Treats In early summer months, eastern forests yield many plants that can be eaten raw or cooked, and dozens of edible mushroom species. Wild berries are particularly wonderful; they’re easy to find and identify, very abundant, and of course tasty. Searching for berries is an excellent way to get to know

Streamside Forest Buffers are Important for Water and Wildlife

Over one third of the land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is either covered by development or agriculture. This poses obstacles to water quality in the form of nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants, but also to terrestrial wildlife that have little or no habitat in these settings. Trees planted along city streets and in suburban