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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,

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

  • Ailanthus seedling growing through cracks in concrete in Lancaster, PA.

Tree-of-Heaven, a Devilish Invader

Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima): a tree that elicits curses and anger wherever it grows and is recognized. The non-native plant's angelic name belies its destructive nature. It spreads prolifically by seeds and root sprouts, forming thick groves that completely dominate sunny areas within just a few years. Beneficial native plants are quickly outpaced, shaded out, and replaced

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The Rubrum Cunundrum

Over the vast many years that I have been interacting with our region’s forest practitioners and enthusiasts, I have observed that many of us harbor a profound and deep emotional relationship to particular species of trees. These emotions run the gamut from effusive adoration to downright animosity. Some species are almost unanimous in the passions

Agriculture: We’re Halfway There by Bobby Whitescarver

Summerdean, VA: Ease of herd movement is the number one reason Jimmy Callison fenced his cattle away from the river. “It used to take seven or eight people on four-wheelers and horses to get all these cows to the barn. Now, we can do that with just two people,” said Callison, a full-time farmer in

Wrapping Up Trees for Sacred Places Planting Season

The Maryland Office wrapped up its Trees for Sacred Places planting season this November. Throughout this past Fall, 737 native trees were planted at 16 Houses of Worship and hundreds of volunteers were engaged at educational workshops. The Trees for Sacred Places program was started over 3 years ago, and has planted 11,941 trees across the state of

Project Clean Stream 2016 Results Show Best Year Ever!

Project Clean Stream 2016 Results Show Best Year Ever! Largest number of volunteers and biggest Chesapeake impact since 2002 launch Project Clean Stream volunteers hold bags of trash collected at cleanup event. Download the full press release (.pdf)   Annapolis, MD (June 10, 2016) The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Small woodlots are a big deal to the Chesapeake’s restoration

The commencement of spring is always a significant moment in our Chesapeake forests. Buds swell, ready to break dormancy and add the first of the year’s growth to the canopy while green hues begin to emerge from the forest floor.   It is also significant for forest enthusiasts who, themselves, are breaking

It’s Time To Put More Focus on Watershed’s Healthy Streams

A view of the Nanticoke River and it’s countless winding tributaries. Photo by Matt Rath/Chesapeake Bay Program. Most people understand, intuitively, that the ability to clean up the Chesapeake Bay is dependent on what we accomplish in its 64,000-square-mile watershed. The watershed is the primary focus for the improvements (best management practices)

Restoring the Bay One Tree at a Time

Trees for Sacred Places partnership helps faith communities take environmental action Church members planting at All Saints Lutheran Church (January 19, 2016- Annapolis, MD) The Trees for Sacred Places Program, a partnership between the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance) and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC), is a unique program

Trees for Sacred Places Plants 10,000 Trees!

Congregation members planting at a sappling outside their house of worship Trees for Sacred Places is proud to announce that we have planted 10,901 trees as part of the Maryland Governors Stream Buffer Challenge. Originally called 10,000 Trees when this project was begun in 2013, Trees for Sacred Places engages houses of

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October Proves Successful for ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ Plantings in Pennsylvania

Penn State Mont Alto professor Craig Houghton demonstrates proper tree planting techniques. October was a big month for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay tree plantings in Pennsylvania! The Alliance is wrapping up its October Proves Successful for ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ program in Franklin County, and helped coordinate volunteer plantings at six locations to