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50 Stories: “It Takes a Collective Village”: Interview with Andy Lacatell

As I look back over the 50 years of our history, I realize we’ve had some great game changers and influencers work at the Alliance. This month, as we’re approaching fall, when we celebrate our achievements and partners at the Taste, it’s a good time to hear from some of those folks. I sat down with The Nature Conservancy’s Andy Lacatell, Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program Director.

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A Career Inspired by Marsh Mucking

As the saying goes: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” However, there’s always those challenging days when everything seems bound to go wrong (we all have those days!). On these days, I think back to 12 year old me marsh mucking, getting a running start and leaping right into the marsh with a huge splat!

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Pollinator Week Photo Contest

Pollinator Week is June 21-27, 2021, and the Alliance is celebrating by giving away some of our brand new “bee kind” pollinator stickers! All you need to do to be eligible is upload your favorite pollinator photo at the form below. The contest will close at 11:59 PM on June 27th. Please only submit photos …

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50 Stories: Celebrating Agriculture with Bobby Whitescarver

As we celebrate the Alliance’s agricultural work this month as part of our 50 stories for our 50th, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of our favorite farmers and supporters, Robert (Bobby) Whitescarver. 

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Budding partnerships in D.C. create more opportunities for Urban Ag

With COVID-19 restrictions on events and gatherings beginning to relax, Washington, D.C.’s urban agriculture sector is starting to gradually open back up to the local community. If you’re looking to get involved, you will have plenty of opportunities since D.C.’s agricultural network consists of an estimated 27 urban farms, 66 community gardens, and 62 farmer’s …

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Brood X: Return of the Cicadi

Periodical cicadas, unlike the annual cicadas we hear and see each summer, take part in a synchronous emergence that only occurs once every 13 or 17 years.

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The Springtime Woods and Waters

What is it that draws us to the spring woods? Is it the cacophony of spring peepers, the blanket of vibrant green leaves engulfing the forest around us, or maybe the prospect of a delicious morel just around the next bend? I’m not one to turn down a morel, and the sights and sounds of spring are wonderful, but as the ice begins to melt and the days get longer, my mind turns to Pennsylvania’s beautiful creeks and the trout that call them home.

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50 Stories: Making Forests Front and Center

Sally Claggett experienced the lure of the Chesapeake Bay from a young age. Growing up on what used to be a pristine tributary, the Tred Avon River, she spent her summer days outside and on the water. The Chesapeake Bay looked much different then. Claggett recalls, “the seaweed was so thick, the crabs couldn’t swim. …

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50 Stories: Dreams of a Forested Future

In 50 years, the Alliance has planted over one million trees! We’re not done yet though, not even close. We have dreams of a heavily forested Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where every town, city, and farm have abundant tree cover. This dream would yield a cleaner Chesapeake Bay and a watershed that is more resilient and …

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History of Rockfish Gap with Board Member, Shawn Kimbro

Did you know that Rockfish Gap gets its name because it was the headwaters of the rockfish river? Rockfish would navigate from the Atlantic Ocean up the Chesapeake Bay- 500 miles! Join Board Member, Shawn Kimbro as he tells the story of the historic Rockfish Gap.  

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