Dangerous Plants of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

We highlighted two types of edible plants you can forage for in our July and August episodes of Tree Talks. On the other side of the spectrum are dangerous and toxic plants to avoid. Here is a list of some of the most poisonous plants in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.   Photo

Agroforestry and Native Understory Crops

Agroforestry is an exciting way to sustainably harvest food and herbs in your backyard without compromising your woodland. The concept of agroforestry has been around for decades, but is becoming increasingly popular due to its numerous environmental and economic benefits. Agroforestry is a science-based design framework of supplying food while integrating trees, shrubs, and ground

  • A Riparian Ranger peeks into a tree tube to check whether tree within it is healthy.

Riparian Rangers: Volunteer Stewards of Our Streamside Forests

The Alliance is seeking motivated Pennsylvanians dedicated to clean water to become Riparian Rangers! A Riparian Ranger is more than a volunteer opportunity; it’s a chance to shepherd a streamside restoration project from its flashy beginnings through the part that really matters: after the trees are planted. A Riparian Ranger is assigned a streamside

Earth Month & National Volunteer Month at The Alliance

April was a big month at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay between Earth Month and National Volunteer Month! On Saturday, April 27th staff tabled at events all around the watershed — ranging from working with kids to plant seedlings at Quiet Water Park in Annapolis, MD, to providing a professional development training for teachers

  • 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,

Attention Maryland landowners: Tree planting opportunity available

  The trees on your land provide you a myriad of benefits. For the past couple of years the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has teamed up with Maryland Forest Service and the Maryland Forestry Foundation to help landowners implement tree planting projects. With funding secured from the Maryland Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal

The FIDS are Alright?

A male scarlet tanager, right, and female scarlet tanager are photographed at the Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory at Chino Farms in Kent County, Md., on May 11, 2016. The scarlet tanager is a neo-tropical migrant, spending its breeding season in North American woodlands. It is one of many species that depends upon

  • Buckets of freshly cut live stakes are stored in the back of a car.

Live Staking: A Trusty Technique for Planting Trees and Shrubs on the Cheap

Live staking (or propagation by cutting) almost seems too good to be true. Cut a stem from certain species of trees and shrubs and drive it into the ground, and a new plant will grow there! This method, if executed correctly, has a high success rate, and can be a very affordable if not free

What’s That Conifer? (Part 2 of 2)

Last month, in What's That Conifer? (Part 1 of 2), we detailed the genera of the Cupressaceae family found in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Still pining for conifer identification knowledge? Read on to learn about the Pinaceae family, which contains firs, spruces, hemlocks, and of course, pines. Pinaceae is one of the most important tree

  • Atlantic white cedar trunk, located near the tidal Maurice River in southern New Jersey. Photo by Ryan Davis

What’s That Conifer? (Part 1 of 2)

Conifers are important members of our forests year-round, but visually are most prominent during the winter when their evergreen leaves stand out in a sea of dormant deciduous limbs. To the untrained eye these trees may all look the same, but there is a vast amount of diversity among this ancient group of plants. Conifers

  • 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,

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