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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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We’re Excited for the BUBBAs! Are You?

This year marks the 5th edition of the Best Urban BMP (Best Management Practice) in the Bay Awards, or BUBBAs for short, and the Alliance is excited to celebrate!

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Training Teachers to Bring the “Outside In”

When my son asked me the other day “Mom, why do you have to teach teachers?  Don’t they already know how to teach?”  I had to pause to think about how to answer that in 12 year old terms.  I said, “Well, you know how you update your favorite video games?  It’s still the same …

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Restoring Native Tree Canopy to the City of Lancaster’s Culliton Park!

With several years in the making and an array of partners, the recently opened Culliton Park is a sight to see. Culliton Park lines Water and Furnam Streets serving as a mecca for community living and celebrates art in the southwest block of the City. By calling out the connection to community artwork, the theme …

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