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As I look back over the 50 years of our history, I realize we’ve had some great game changers and influencers work at the Alliance. This month, as we’re approaching fall, when we celebrate our achievements and partners at the Taste, it’s a good time to hear from some of those folks. I sat down with The Nature Conservancy’s Andy Lacatell, Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program Director.
The first sojourn took place from below the New York state line in Sayre to Wilkes-Barre. From the beginning, the sojourns covered long distances with substantial daily mileage. The most rewarding part of leading the sojourns was watching the paddlers, local officials and local citizens get so excited about a river they didn’t know about – whether they were local and just took it for granted, or a paddler from afar learning about the Susquehanna first hand.
Newest member of the Alliance’s Forests Team, Rebecca Lauver, reflects on a recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina and the history of logging in the United States.
Project Clean Stream would not be possible without the vital support of sponsors such as the Perdue Foundation. The Alliance relies on this support to ensure the success and impact of Project Clean Stream each year and into the years ahead to continue to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.
I reached out to Ryan Davis, the Pennsylvania forest projects manager at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, to see if the Alliance would support a tree-planting effort at my college. They did. Within less than a year, we had planted 1.5 acres of new forest on campus, which grew to a total of 6.4 acres over the next two years.
That hands-on experience was crucial as I looked for post-college opportunities. Ultimately, I decided to join the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. This program has played an important role in helping young adults launch environmental careers.
August is National Water Quality Month and we are celebrating by sharing stories to go along with our “50 Stories for Our 50th” series. On August 10th we were lucky enough to have a run-through of what water quality monitoring looks like with our Water Quality Monitoring Initiative Director, Liz Chudoba, and our Water Quality …
Kerry and Dave enjoy visiting their monitoring sites year-round and getting to see the seasonal changes. They would encourage others to get involved in monitoring because collective efforts like RiverTrends will help us as a society understand trends and impacts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that impact us all.
At the Alliance, we envision resilient landscapes cared for all people who live, work, and play in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Last year, the Alliance amplified its commitment to all Chesapeake Bay communities to continue to build a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our organization and through all the work we do.
A few weeks ago, I found myself chasing our Pennsylvania Forests Projects Manager, Ryan Davis, around one of the Alliance’s riparian forest buffers. Ryan was busy sharing a wealth of knowledge about our forests during what we call a Tree Talk, and I had the unique pleasure of filming him as the demonstration was streamed …