The Chesapeake Forest Champions contest
Sally Claggett, US Forest Service (left) and Craig Highfield, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (second from left), pose with Jan Gardner, County Executive, Frederick County, MD (second from right). Jan was recognized as a Chesapeake Forest Champion for “Most Effective at Engaging the Public.” (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program)
The purpose of this contest is to recognize the outstanding efforts of groups and individuals from around the bay watershed to conserve, restore, and celebrate Chesapeake forests. The contest is open to all including landowners, community groups, nonprofits, forestry and natural resource professionals, schools, youth organizations, businesses, public agencies and others working in rural, suburban and urban areas.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the US Forest Service presented the 2019 Chesapeake Forest Champion Awards at the 14th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV, attended by over 400 restoration and protection practitioners annually to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. This year’s honorees included Anne Hairston-Strang of Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service who received “Greatest on the Ground Impact”; Jan Gardner, County Executive, Frederick County, MD for “Most Effective at Engaging the Public”; and Roger Rohrer of Pennsylvania as “Exemplary Forest Steward.”