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Environmental Education in Baltimore City

The Parks and People foundation continue to make strides in forestry efforts. John Tracy and Kelly Macbride-Gill led a group of thirty 3rd and 4th grade students in a schoolyard tree planting at Westside Elementary School.


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A Chill in the Air Means its Firewood Season

It only took one chilly weekend to remind us that fall will soon be ending and winter is on its way. During the cold months, many people rely on a nice log-burning fire to help keep them toasty and warm through the holiday season. But before you buy that firewood, make sure you are buying local! You may not know that by transporting firewood from certain areas into your backyard, you can leave some of your beloved trees at risk!

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A Chill in the Air Means its Firewood Season

It only took one chilly weekend to remind us that fall will soon be ending and winter is on its way. During the cold months, many people rely on a nice log-burning fire to help keep them toasty and warm through the holiday season. But before you buy that firewood, make sure you are buying local! You may not know that by transporting firewood from certain areas into your backyard, you can leave some of your beloved trees at risk!

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Improving Cities with Community Buy-in

When presented with the quesion, "What would you do with a vacvant lot in Baltimore?", Real food Farms and Mahan Rykiel Associates came up with an idea that would not only improve the economic and ecological make up of the area, but also receive support from the local community. Learn more about how they are changing the way people think about urban agriculture in this week's blog post.

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Bay Blueprint Saves Billions

The EPA assessed enforceable pollution limits for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, and the bay responded by agreeing to save the bay by 2025, with its proposed Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The blueprint establishes guidelines that must be followed to keep pollution levels low. When pollution rates are lower, swimmable waters are created, and recreational uses increase.

 

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Trust Awards One Million in Grants
The Chesapeake Bay Trust announced almost $1 million in grants to be awarded to more than 60 nonprofit organizations, municipalities and local schools throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These grants will advance K-12 environmental education efforts; create living shorelines in Maryland; transform vacant lots in Baltimore City into green spaces; and fund neighborhood clean-ups, tree plantings and other community-based initiatives. Learn more!

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Seven Projects Selected to Win Growing Green Design Competition

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announced the winners from its collaborative Growing Green Design Competition: Vacant Lots Transformed. Find out which projects were selected to receive funding for innovative ideas for transforming vacant lots in Baltimore City.

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Fungi: A Missing Piece in the Water Quality Puzzle

What's fungi got to do with it?!  Perhaps a lot! Not many people think about fungi and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region, but Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer Chris Hirsch begs to differ! Learn about why fungi could be an important player in environmental improvements in the Bay and around the world.

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Don’t Let the Vines be Victorious: Take Back the Trees!

We've all done it. We have seen that beautiful flower or gorgeous tree and thought, "Wow, that would look great in my yard!" Only to find out later that the plant is invasive and is actually hurting our Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. While most plants won't do too much damage, certain ones can actually be detrimental to our local forests and habitat. Chesapeake Conservation Corps, Chase Bergeson with Arlington Echo talks about his experience with invasive and what we can all do to help.

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Chesapeake Conservation Corps: World Water Day

Last month Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer, Virginia Vassalotti helped to organize the 4th Annual H2O summit in Silver Spring, MD. Residents of Montgomery County were welcomed to attend educational workshops in the morning and interact with local watershed groups, and other local environmental organizations for the afternoon exhibits.

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 When Fighting For Clean Water, The Message Matters

In advance of the 2014 General Assembly session, opponents of an existing Maryland law designed to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff launched an effort to repeal the law. Chris Trumbauer, director of state and environmental initiatives for The Hatcher Group, explains in this week's blog post how messaging  and public opinion polling played a large role in protection of the law.

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Not So Different After All

Suzanne Sullivan grew up in Boston, MA and is now serving at a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. Although very different in many ways, Suzanne has found many similarities between the two places and her love for the environment and restoration has grown. Read more about Suzanne's experience in this week's blog post.

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Pecometh Living Shoreline

Did summer camps fill anyone else’s childhood? I spent many summer days swimming in pools and rivers with friends and loved every minute of it. Every summer I would spend a week or two at Camp Pecometh on the eastern shore of Maryland. I would beg my parents to let me go longer!

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A Year in review

Wow, how quickly a year can fly by. 2013 was a great year for the Chesapeake Bay Trust and our amazing grantees. We accomplished so much together and it is all thanks to supporters like you! Check out everything we did in this year's "Year in Review" video.


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Top 5 Haunted Places on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

What’s not to love about Chesapeake Bay? The beautiful scenery, the amazing seafood, the water; it’s a place that people remember. But one strange thing that people may not think about when it comes to Chesapeake Bay is ghosts! Yes, you heard me correctly ghosts. The Chesapeake Bay watershed runs through 6 states, 64,000 square miles, and over 100 of the most haunted locations in America; from Fort McHenry in Maryland to Allegany County in New York. So next time you are thinking about taking your boat out alone on the bay just remember to leave at least your night light on.

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Soup Season

I don’t know about you but when the wind turns north, the temperatures drop and sun shines less I pine for those long, hot and humid days of summer. That is until I start embracing the good news brought on the change of seasons. There’s plenty to be thankful for when Autumn arrives, especially the very satisfying art of making soups – and making them from scratch using local veggies and tasty spices. Check out some delicious fall soup recipes in this week's post!

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5 Places to Pick Your Own Produce this Fall 

The Chesapeake Bay region is full of great activities for fall and one of the best outdoor activities is picking your own fruits and veggies! Many people believe the summer months are the best time to pick fresh fruits and vegetables; however, September through November there is still plenty of great produce available.

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