Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Open-Forum

Announcing an open-forum meeting April 14 to inform the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) initiative which will develop and pilot a Bay-wide credentialing system and network of consistently trained, experienced, and respected conservation landscape practitioners with the enhanced skills, knowledge and motivation to properly design, install and maintain conservation landscaping best practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

THE APRIL 14 MEETING IS RESCHEDULED (from Feb. 17) AT A NEW LOCATION AND TIME – WE’RE ALSO EXTENDING OUR INVITATIONS TO OTHERS AROUND THE DC BELTWAY REGION and BEYOND.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:45 AM to 2:00 PM Lunch will be provided

Providence Community Center
3001 Vaden Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031

Conveniently located within walking distance of the Vienna Metro.

PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO REGISTER OR RE-REGISTER AND READ MORE ABOUT THE INITIATIVE.

If you are just hearing about the CBLP credentialing initiative – please visit our registration page or contact Shereen Hughes, the CBLP Virginia Coordinator, for additional details.

Briefly, the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and partners, UMD Sea Grant Extension, Wetlands Watch, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners (Consortium) are developing the CBLP collaboratively to create a comprehensive training and credentialing system that will formalize a set of conservation landscaping standards and create a thoroughly trained workforce of landscaping practitioners and firms that have the skills and expertise to design, install, and maintain small scale conservation landscaping practices for efficient nutrient and sediment removal. In addition, consumers will benefit by having a reliable source of qualified landscape practitioners to choose from. Initially, the CBLP will be piloted in Maryland, Virginia and the DC Metropolitan Area. The ultimate goal is set of CBLP credentials and a formalized network of credential practitioners recognized and accepted throughout every state and locality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

This meeting is a continued effort to have an open dialog with our partners and supporters as we begin to develop a core common curriculum, a Voluntary and Rigorous credentialing process, and a long-term plan for a self-sustaining system of continuing education, credential improvements and program expansion/administration. NOW IS THE TIME TO VOICE YOUR CONCERNS AND STRATEGIZE ON HOW THE CBLP CAN ULTIMATELY MEET YOUR NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS.

You may notice that we’ve changed some of our language…through previous meetings we heard that our messaging and terminology is sending up red flags of concern and creating potential confusion…what did we hear? “Practitioners” may be a better term to use that “Professional” and “Voluntary” “Credentialing” is preferred to “Certification” and good models for a voluntary credentialing system with a code of conduct and better business practices are LEED and the International Society of Arboriculture programs…WHAT DO YOU THINK?

More Information

View the information flyer for the CBLP Certification Program.

View the information flyer for the CBLP Certification Program.

S. Hughes presentation at the 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Forum - re: Certification and partnering with the Landscape Community to achieve widespread adoption of conservation landscaping and stormwater BMPs on private property.

S. Hughes presentation at the 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Forum - re: Certification and partnering with the Landscape Community to achieve widespread adoption of conservation landscaping and stormwater BMPs on private property.