• Close up of a single American woodcock.

Big Romantic Gestures from the Little American Woodcock

Romance is in the air. For the American woodcock (Scolopax minor), that’s a literal statement. The courtship ritual of the woodcock is the most elaborate that I’ve seen outside of Homo sapiens, and is a must-see for lovers of forests, birds, or flirtation. In the southerly parts of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, lucky residents

Attention Maryland landowners: Tree planting opportunity available

The trees on your land provide you a myriad of benefits. For the past few 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 through our Healthy Forests Healthy Waters program. With funding secured from the

  • A close up of the flower, rudbeckia

Resolve to Lose a Little Lawn in 2020

There are many good reasons to have a lawn. A lawn can be used for overflow parking, a space for children and dogs to play, or as a stable surface for heavy foot traffic around buildings and houses. But about ten percent of the land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is lawn cover. Do

20 Acres of Trees Being Planted at Local School

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Marissa Spratley Email: mspratley@allianceforthebay.org Office: 443-949-0575 Cell: 410-718-2728 PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 Acres of Trees Being Planted at Local School DCNR, Penn State, and the Alliance Partner to Help Improve Pennsylvania’s Water Quality Manchester, PA (October 24, 2019) Today, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance) joined Cindy Dunn, secretary

Correctional Conservation Collaborative Trains New Generation of Riparian Forest Buffer Professionals

Participants in the Riparian Forest Buffer Vocational Training hear about the finer points of buffer maintenance from Trevor Weaver (right), Watershed Specialist for the Mifflin County Conservation District and Ryan Davis (left), PA Forest Program Manager for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Shea Zwerver On a sweltering July afternoon, a

Planning Your Legacy

“A society grows great when old men (and women) plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” I ran across this Greek proverb a while back. Although it has broader societal implications for sure, as a tree enthusiast, I can’t help narrowly interpreting it for the work we in the conservation

[Press Release] Local Farm takes action to benefit the Chesapeake watershed through partnership with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Norfolk Southern Foundation

Tree Planting Along St. James Run Is Part Of Larger Effort To Help Farmers Restore Streamside Forestbuffers Along Working Lands Photo Caption: Spielman Farm owner Jim Clement, center, meets with representatives of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Norfolk Southern along stream where new trees will be planted in a joint conservation

[Press Release] USDA Regional Conservation Program Supports Farm and Forest Conservation

Alliance Partnership Will Help Improve Local Drinking Water And The Chesapeake Bay Alliance Executive Director Al Todd discusses Mason-Dixon Lands Partnership Project at gathering on Terra Rubra Farm in Keymar, MD to celebrate new USDA Regional Conservation Partnerships Program. Carroll County, MD, May 6, 2015 – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay gathered

Healthy Streams Farm Stewardship Program

Gathered in a large event hall at Dutch’s Daughter restaurant in Frederick, MD, surrounded by plush carpeting, tapestries on the walls, and a projector screen pulled down over ornately carved wood fireplace, it seems an odd space to host a workshop for farmers on the value of streamside forest buffers. But local University of

Family Forest Legacy Planning

Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 9:00 am – noon Cumberland Country Club 10200 Country Club Road, Cumberland, MD 21502 Learn how to: Establish your vision & goals for your land Assess and enhance the value of your natural resources Reduce property & estate taxes Create a succession plan that keeps your land intact and within your family Build family

[Press Release] USDA Provides Funding for Farm and Forest Conservation

Alliance Partnership Will Help Improve Local Drinking Water And The Chesapeake Bay ANNAPOLIS, MD, January 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service has awarded the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay $1.5 million in federal financial and technical assistance through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Alliance with its partners Stroud

Foresters Get a Taste of the Bay on Smith Island

Early on the morning of October 26, 2014, a group of foresters from four of the Bay states—some who had never seen the Bay’s open water nor its most charismatic species, the blue crab—began their trek to Smith Island. Here a unique perspective on the Bay was waiting for them.   Some drove more