Below excerpt taken from a NFWF press release (23 Sept 2014):
In the true spirit of the Cooperative Extension System, we are pleased to announce that the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Initiative has received funding to develop and pilot this certification in Maryland and Virginia through a $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), with Wetlands Watch, Virginia DGIF and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension as Consortium partners.
Pledges for matching funds in excess of $110,000 were received from numerous partners. It was because of the strong support of watershed groups and local government and their willingness to collaborate that this effort came to fruition.
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.
Read the full press release: http://bit.ly/1s5hryr