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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,

Remi’s Internship Reflection

Now that my time as the DC Graphic Design Intern for the Alliance is coming to its close, I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single minute of it. I started in July earlier this year, and I was actually a pretty nervous wreck, but when I came in for the orientation at the

Deck the Halls With Native Holly

A mature American holly, Ilex opaca. Photo by Ryan Davis. Sixteen species of holly (the genus Ilex) are native to North America. Two of the most widespread eastern species, American holly (Ilex opaca) and winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata), are commonly used for holiday decorations due to their cheerful red berries and, in the

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

My First Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Alliance staff gather for some quality time together the Saturday evening of the Forum. The 2018 Chesapeake Watershed Forum was a whirlwind of workshops, socializing, getting lost in the yellow covered forest, and learning about what brings us all together. I am a Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) member at the Alliance for the

How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

It is that time of year again to put away our witch hats and spooky masks and bring out the turkey decorations. Whether you found yourself making an adorable homemade spaghetti monster costume or ran out of time and purchased a last minute cowboy hat, it is important to remember that there are multiple ways

Resurrection of the American Chestnut

Resurrecting something from the dead is a classic scary story plotline, but there is nothing spooky about efforts to bring back our American chestnuts (Castanea dentata). The grand, incredibly valuable tree has been functionally extinct for the past century, but efforts are underway to restore it as a component of our eastern forests. The

American Chestnut: Ghosts of Our Eastern Forests

A dead American chestnut, Castanea dentata. Photo by Robert Llewellyn. Our woods are haunted. Generations ago, there was a massacre that left few survivors, and our nation has never been the same. The ghosts of the victims still cling to our forests, reminding naturalists and hikers of what was lost. This isn’t fiction.

The Macabre Mushroom

It's not a dark and stormy night, but rather a clear and sunny day that I write about for my Halloween-themed forest tale. It was unusually hot and humid for an early autumn hike in the mountains of western Maryland. My wife, kids, dog and I were on our annual and perfectly timed pilgrimage to

Owl Pellets Bring Skeletons Into Schools

A rat skeleton found in an owl pellet. Credit: Christian Gronau, Cortes Island Museum & Archives Other than Halloween decorations and science museums, most people don’t encounter many skeletons. If you attended elementary school in the U.S. within the past few decades however, there’s a good chance you also got hands-on experience with

Bats in Your Backyard

Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus) in a bat house. Photo by Phil Myers, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. “When I see the pile of bat guano below the bat house, I realize how many bugs have been eaten and that makes me so happy.” About three years ago my dad noticed that

Forests for the Bats, Part IV: White-Nose Syndrome

In October, bats are everywhere. Images of them, at least. The mammals typically are hibernating by Halloween, tucked away in caves and deep rock crevices. Summertime is when you will see real bats around, but if you live in the northeast or mid-Atlantic, you have likely seen dramatically less bats foraging in the summer dusk