Central Appalachian forests are the water tower for the mid-Atlantic, filtering the headwaters of rivers and streams that provide drinking water to Washington, DC.
Western Maryland Forests Central Appalachian forests are the water tower for the mid-Atlantic, filtering the headwaters of rivers and streams that provide drinking water to Washington, DC. © Kent Mason

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OktoberForest in Maryland/DC

Celebrating the connection between healthy forests, clean water, and the brewer's craft

IF YOU LIKE BEER, YOU SHOULD LOVE FORESTS.

Did you know that 95 percent of beer is water? And that more than half of our drinking water is filtered by America's forests?

That's why The Nature Conservancy is celebrating fall with OktoberForest, a collaboration with brewers across the country to raise awareness about the important role that forests play in our water supply. 

We're extending the OktoberForest celebration by giving you a chance to win a prize pack donated by our partners at Atlas Brew Works.  Visit us on Facebook and enter today!

No purchase necessary.  Must be a legal resident of the U.S. and 21 years or older to enter.  View official sweepstakes rules.
Celebrate OktoberForest Love your beer, love your forest. Learn how forests help beer, and what you can do to help forests.

Participating brewers Atlas Brew Works and 7 Locks Brewing share how nature inspires their craft and the connections between healthy forests, clean water, and good beer.

7 Locks Brewing

Our aim is to be an integral part of the community, and have our neighbors take pride in what is being produced in their own backyard. As much as the malt, hops, and yeast contribute to a thirst-quenching, palate-awakening beer, the quality of the water that goes into making our frothy libations is just as important. Clean water is essential to our success.

OktoberForest DC Atlas
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Atlas Brew Works

Protecting our environment is a responsibility we all share.  In August 2015, Atlas became a 100% solar-powered brewery through our partnership with Solar Solution. Converting our energy source to sustainable and renewable solar power will help offset our carbon footprint and continue our efforts to be a green brewery.

Making the connection between healthy forests, clean water, and good beer.
Tap into OktoberForest Making the connection between healthy forests, clean water, and good beer. © TNC

Across the country, and right here at home, our forests are under pressure and under threat. The Maryland/DC chapter is working to protect forests by:

  • Using science to better understand forest health and the impacts of climate change.
  • Actively working in western Maryland’s Central Appalachians forests to keep them connected, healthy, and resilient.
  • Collaborating with state and federal partners to ensure we’re using best management practices on our preserves.
  • Returning fire to the landscape. Controlled burns are a part of our forest management tool kit.  We’re also funding a study through Acadia University that looks at tree rings and other evidence to understand the role fire plays in keeping our local forests healthy.
  • Treating trees against harmful pests. In 2017 we collaborated with Maryland DNR to proactively treat small clusters of ash trees along the Nanticoke River with an intravenious injection of pesticide to prevent infestation by the emerald ash borer.