We announced our 2018 Chesapeake Forest Champions at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum!
Sally Claggett, USFS (far left) and Jenny McGarvey, Alliance (far right) pose with the 2018 Chesapeake Forest Champions (from left to right: Kathy Abend, Rick Abend, and Matt Keefer). Photo Credit: Will Parson, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay/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 2018 Chesapeake Forest Champion Awards at the 13th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV, attended by over 425 restoration and protection practitioners annually to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. This year’s honorees included Matt Keefer of Pennsylvania’s DCNR Bureau of Forestry who received “Greatest on the Ground Impact”; Jennifer Gagnon of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program for “Most Effective at Engaging the Public”; and Rick and Kathy Abend as “Exemplary Forest Stewards.”