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Hometown Habitat Update (Fall 2014)

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and the Hometown Habitat team is so thankful for our followers and supporters! Educating people to include native plants in their landscapes is our mission. Hometown Habitat is a big project and as independent filmmakers, we simply can’t make this film without raising money for the production costs. Please join our team and make a tax-deductible contribution at chesapeakelandscape.org/hometown-habitat. We need you!

Each of the stories we are traveling to tell highlights people or organizations who are using native plants to heal and return balance and diversity to ecosystems in their hometowns. We call them Habitat Heroes. Take a look at some of those Heroes!

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Funding Received for Landscape Professional Certification!

CCLC is pleased and excited to announce that our Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Initiative has received funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundatio. With this grant, we will develop and pilot the certification in Maryland and Virginia while partnering with Wetlands Watch, Virginia DGIF and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension. Once the piloting is complete, the goal is to expand the certification Bay-wide and statewide, with a self-financing, market driven certification program managed and administered by a Consortium.

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Photos from Ladew Topiary Gardens

Photographs from a visit to Ladew Topiary Gardens and House in late August 2014; some native plants used in the landscaping as well as close-ups of native butterflies/caterpillars and flowers in the new, seasonal, Butterfly House.

View all photos from the trip on flickr: Ladew Topiary Gardens (Aug 2014).

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Eight Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping Now In Print

To mark the 10th Anniversary of Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council’s formation, we have revised and updated our seminal document, Conservation Landscaping Guidelines: The Eight Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping. In the revised edition, all links have been reviewed and updated.  It also reflects recent research on the impacts of climate change and sea level rise in our region. A PDF version of the document is available for download on the CCLC web site, and print copies are available for a small fee.

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Environmental Literacy Leader to Receive Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award

On November 15, 2013, Britt Slattery, a Maryland educator and biologist, will become the first recipient of the Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award. The award, given by the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, a regional non-profit, recognizes Slattery for her devotion to sustainable landscaping and environmental literacy within the Chesapeake Bay region.

Currently the Director of Conservation Education for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Slattery has devoted her 27 year career to restoring habitat, creating sustainable landscapes and reconnecting children with nature. As the DNR staff coordinator for the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, Governor Martin O’ Malley’s initiative which supports environmental literacy and outdoor experiences through schools and communities, Slattery works with multiple partners to create opportunities for kids to get outside and learn about and from their environment.

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