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CCLC Announces Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth (Beth) Ginter as the first Executive Director for the organization.  This announcement was made during CCLC’s biennial “Turning a New Leaf” conference, in Harrisburg, PA.

“We are excited to bring Beth on board in this new position and her appointment marks the beginning of a new period of growth and endeavor for CCLC in our ongoing mission to support landscape professionals and the associated sustainable landscape and stormwater practices in on-the-ground efforts to protect the health of the Chesapeake Bay“ said Pamela Rowe, Chair of the CCLC Board of Directors.

View the full press release. 

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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.