Why Conservation Landscaping?

Our actions are closely linked to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Stewardship of the land and water by each and every one of us is our most effective tool to improve and protect the Bay. Conservation landscaping is working with nature to reduce pollution. Conservation-focused landscapes incorporate environmentally-sensitive design, minimize polluted runoff, conserve water and are planted with native plants. They protect the soil and are maintained using the minimum amount of chemicals to help protect clean air and water, support wildlife, and provide a more beautiful, healthier human environment.

With so many people living and moving into the Chesapeake region, polluted runoff from streets, farms, construction sites and yards, has become an increasing problem. Contaminants from every home and community—sediments, sewage, manure, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and motor oil—can be carried into the Bay from local streams and waterways. How we manage our landscapes is important to all of us! You can embrace the responsibility of caring for the land, and protect the Chesapeake Bay by applying the principles of conservation landscaping. We invite you to explore our web resources, participate in our events, subscribe to our listserve or donate your time or money to support these learning opportunities. Each of us has the opportunity to protect the future health of our communities and Bay by how we envision and care for our landscapes.

Sponsor Turning a New Leaf

The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is holding its 9th “Turning a New Leaf” conference on December 8-10, 2021.  If your organization supports a cleaner, healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed, I would like to invite you to help sponsor the region’s most comprehensive sustainable landscaping conference this year.  

The information-packed Turning a New Leaf program offers opportunities to learn from a diverse array of talented and knowledgeable speakers.  This year’s conference will be comprised of two virtual, online sessions on Days 1 & 2, followed by three optional regional field days – one each in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – on Day 3. The 2021 themes focus on normalizing sustainable practice and working collaboratively to ensure diversity, equity and justice in the field of conservation landscaping.    As a sponsor, you’ll reach professionals from the landscape design/architecture, horticulture, landscape maintenance and stormwater, engineering, conservation, and planning fields who will be there looking for the latest information on sustainable landscaping practices. CCLC is committed to providing meaningful opportunities to help our sponsors connect with conference attendees on our virtual meeting platform, and/or in person during our regional field day events.

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Season 6 is Here!

Free for CCLC members, Season 6 of our Focus on Sustainability Webinars are now in session. Register for upcoming webinars, or view recording from our webinar archive.

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