Binford Middle School Project Honored for its Creativity

Taking a School by Storm, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's schoolyard retrofit project at Binford Middle School in Richmond, VA, received an honorable mention in the Ultra-Urban category for the 2019 Best Urban Best Management Practice in the Bay Award (BUBBA) contest! This contest is held annually by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, and the

A Glimpse into the Local Government Advisory Committee’s Quarterly Meeting

Broad Creek featuring the Villas in the background The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council made its first visit to Delaware this past March, meeting in the Town of Laurel. LGAC had the pleasure of experiencing the Eastern Shore by taking an interactive dive into the Town of Laurel

  • 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

A Native Plant Meditation Garden at Faith Community Baptist Church

In May 2018, the Alliance began working with Faith Community Baptist Church in Richmond, VA  on a project to create a community garden on its property to battle food insecurity and help preserve the James River watershed. In addition to the community garden, we've helped implement a new rainwater harvesting system and a rain garden

An Act of Faith on the Anacostia River

On a beautiful and sunny Saturday morning, a group of 45 volunteers gathered on a foot bridge spanning the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Members of the group EcoSikh had met, passing around trash bags and gloves, to collect trash from Heritage and Kingman Islands as part of the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream initiative. Before

Leading Ladies of the Local Government Advisory Committee: Celebrating Women’s History Month

The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) is comprised of 20 elected officials across the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds. Members of LGAC work closely to further engage their local governments, and develop and implement beneficial environmental strategies within and around their communities. There are seven women in LGAC who are not only leaders within the

Halfway Through My Chesapeake Conservation Corps Internship

My first community tree planting in Camp Springs in Prince George's County, MD. This month marks the half way point in my year long internship with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC), which is a great time for reflection on my work so far and a cause for celebration looking forward to my end

Project Highlight: Covington Road Tree Planting

On a cold, rainy Richmond day in February, dozens of Alliance volunteers rallied together for a planting day! Volunteers planted over 50 native trees in a riparian area along Reedy Creek in Richmond, VA. Partners involved in making the event a success were Reedy Creek Coalition, Richmond VA Parks and Rec, and Richmond Tree Stewards.

  • 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