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Newly formed Mid-Atlantic 4R Nutrient Stewardship Association unites local farmers, agriculture industry, and conservation organizations to work for clean water and healthy soil
Press Release (Partnerships) April 13, 2018

Mid-Atlantic 4R will advance the groups’ existing missions of achieving cleaner waterways and healthy soils on farms while also improving farmers’ bottom lines by keeping applied nutrients on fields to grow crops and preventing nutrients from leaving the field into our waterways.

Opinion: Investments in conservation are crucial for Maryland's future
Capital Gazette (Lands and Waters) March 8, 2018

Tim Purinton, Maryland/DC chapter Executive Director, writes in this op/ed that fully funding critical conservation programs like the Bay Restoration Fund and Program Open Space will pay dividends to Marylanders for years to come.

Navy, State of Maryland and Nonprofits Partner to Conserve Land in Dorchester County
Press Release (Land Conservation) February 12, 2018

A partnership between the U.S. Navy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the Chesapeake Conservancy has led to the permanent protection of 230 acres on a family-owned farm in Dorchester County, Maryland.  The farm links protected areas to create a 7,730-acre corridor of conserved lands.

Historic DC cemetery digs up pavement to curb stormwater pollution
Bay Journal (Clean Water) February 8, 2018

$1.7 million project came about as Mount Olivet sought ways to reduce rising fees to manage runoff.

Massive project restores Pocomoke River wetlands
WMDT/ABC47 (Chesapeake Bay) January 24, 2018

A Delmarva ABC affiliate visited the site of the Pocomoke floodplain restoration project with the Conservancy's Mike Dryden and Maryland DNR’s Erin McLaughlin for a TV news segment about the project. 

Opinion: Exelon must upgrade Conowingo dam
The Baltimore Sun (Chesapeake Bay) January 11, 2018

Pollution from sediment is just one of the impacts that needs to be addressed to bring Conowingo Dam into the 21st century. Mark Bryer, The Nature Conservancy's Chesapeake Bay Program Director, writes about the need to naturalize how water flows from Conowingo for the benefit of downstream habitat.

Massive project aims to fix Pocomoke River, bring back swampland
Nature (Climate Change) January 9, 2018

This article and accompanying video highlights The Nature Conservancy's along along the Pocomoke River, restoring thousands of acres of floodplain along a 9-mile stretch of the river.

Climate scientists unlock secrets of ‘blue carbon’
Delmarva Now (Chesapeake Bay) January 11, 2018

Recent research indicates that coastal wetlands play a critical role in sinking and storing blue carbon. MD/DC Director of Science Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier took part in this study.

New study finds Exelon able to make significant contributions to mitigate environmental impacts of Conowingo Dam while remaining profitable
Press Release (Clean Water) December 5, 2017

A new study commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) shows Exelon Generation Company can mitigate a substantial portion of environmental impacts caused by its Conowingo Dam operation, while continuing to make a healthy profit.

Growth projections to be used to adjust 2025 Bay pollution goals
Bay Journal (Clean Water) December 3, 2017

Chesapeake Bay program director Mark Bryer is in this article about adjustments being made to Bay pollution reduction goals taking into account projected human growth and development.

The Nature Conservancy and DC’s Catholic Archdiocese collaborate on stormwater retention project at historic Mount Olivet Cemetery
Press Release (Clean Water) November 28, 2017

The green infrastructure project aims to improve water quality in the Anacostia River and Chesapeake Bay; will generate stormwater credits for sale in DC’s SRC market.

Helping Nature Heal Itself: Parking Lots and Rain Gardens
Video (Clean Water) November 27, 2017

It's amazing how nature can heal itself with just a little bit of help. See how rain gardens and green infrastructure are making a difference in fighting water pollution in the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

Future of Menhaden Management to be Decided this Week
The Baltimore Sun (Fisheries) November 10, 2017

Menhaden are considered the most important forage fish species in the Atlantic coast. Fisheries regulators are scheduled to meet in Baltimore Monday and Tuesday to decide how to manage menhaden fisheries along the East Coast.

Pocomoke River Restoration Improves Chesapeake Bay Water Quality; Among Largest Such Projects in Maryland History
Press Release (Conservation Lands) November 9, 2017

The Nature Conservancy and Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced the completion of the first stage of a major new project to restore floodplain connectivity to a nine-mile stretch of the Pocomoke River.

The Nature Conservancy Believes Upcoming Menhaden Vote Can Benefit Both People and Wildlife
Press Release (Fisheries) November 8, 2017

The Nature Conservancy, along with many scientists, fishermen and other organizations, are urging the ASMFC to establish a new management approach that accounts for marine wildlife forage needs when menhaden harvest limits are set each year.

New study helps land managers identify “coastal strongholds” in Maryland to protect people and nature from rising sea levels
Press Release (Climate Resilience) November 2, 2017

The findings of this study, conducted by The Nature Conservancy and funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), can help Maryland communities plan for and adapt to growing threats to coastal communities.

Investing In Nature 101: A Triple Win for Cities, Communities, and Developers
Forbes (Cities) October 23, 2017

Stormwater is the fastest growing source of water pollution in the world. The Conservancy’s Mark Tercek discusses how creating a market for stormwater credits is helping DC manage runoff and add more green space.

Scientists Using Costly Triage to Spare Some Ash Trees from Extinction
Bay Journal (Forests) October 17, 2017

The Nature Conservancy is working with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on a long-term strategy to save seed sources that could one day regrow ash forests lost to invasive emerald ash borers.

BAPS Charities Donates $165,000 to The Nature Conservancy to Plant 100,000 Trees
Press Release (Forests) October 10, 2017

BAPS Charities supported the Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees initiative through its Walk Green walkathons in cities across the country, including a walk in Washington, D.C.

2017 OktoberForest Campaign Kicks Off 
Press Release (Forests) October 1, 2017

Heavy Seas Alehouse, Atlas Brew Works, and The Nature Conservancy highlight importance of forests in protecting clean water and producing good beer.

How to prepare for the next megastorm? Protect wetlands, mangroves and reefs
Oceana (Climate Change) September 29, 2017

Director of Science, Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier, talks with Oceana about the role that healthy, intact habitats - like wetlands, salt marshes, and seagrass beds - have to play in protecting our coasts.

Investing in City Trees Can Help Save Lives and Millions of Dollars in Health Expenditures
Press Release (Urban Conservation) September 28, 2017

A new report by The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with Analysis Group and Trust for Public Land, finds that trees and other natural features in cities can help regulate water quality and quantity, reduce harmful air pollutants, and boost local economies. 

PARKing Day: Laying grass over pavement, putting out the lawn chairs, and rethinking how we use public space for a day

Press Release (Urban Conservation) September 15, 2017

PARK(ing) Day is a global tradition and an annual event that brings community leaders, artists, and activists together to transform metered parking spaces into temporary parks.  This year's event will convert all 13 DC Councilmember parking spots in front of the John A. Wilson Building to temporary parks.

Alliance Hails Science-Based Fertilizer Management Path
The Delmarva Farmer (Clean Water) August 25, 2017

The Delaware-Maryland 4R Alliance field day was featured in Delmarva Farmer, which reported on the day’s various presentations as well as the various techniques being employed by farmers under the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program.  The 4R alliance is a partnership between TNC and the Delaware/Maryland Agribusiness Association.

The Nature Conservancy Applauds States for Strengthening the Successful RGGI Program and Stepping Up the Region's Leadership in Fighting Climate Change
Press Release (Climate Change) August 24, 2017

The Maryland/DC chapter thanks Governor Hogan for his support for RGGI and continuing leadership towards our emissions reduction goals in Maryland. As the recent RGGI analysis shows, we have healthier communities and a stronger economy because of it.

Teachers Investigate Human Impacts by Land and Sea at Pickering Creek
The Talbot Spy (Clean Water) August 10, 2017

The Talbot and Chestertown Spy papers reported on the annual Audubon Watershed Experience program for local high school teachers mentions that TNC’s Director of Science, Dr. Arianna Sutton-Grier, gave the group a presentation on her research concerning blue carbon.

Maryland Approves $3.4M Purchase of Piney Somerset Property
Delmarva Now (Conservation Lands) July 26, 2017

Delmarva Now reported on the purchase and preservation of a large forest belt in Somerset County by the state of Maryland, also mentioning that The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the state on the purchase.

Board of Public Works Approves Expansion of Chesapeake Forest Lands
Press Release (Conservation Lands) July 26, 2017

Chesapeake Forest Lands will increase by 1,664 acres following Board of Public Works approval today of a Maryland Department of Natural Resources conservation acquisition in Somerset County. The department partnered with The Nature Conservancy on the acquisition of the property.

Marine Sanctuary Proposed for the Potomac
Alexandria Gazette (Rivers) July 19, 2017

Former MD/DC chapter director Steve Bunker is quoted in this article about the proposal to designate Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary.

LEAF Program Introduces Western Maryland Teens to Careers in Conservation and Advocacy
Press Release (Leadership) July 17, 2017

The Conservancy's LEAF program sends youth from urban communities to summer conservation jobs across the country, with unique opportunities for Maryland participants.

Treasuring the Choptank: Residents and Scientists Envision a Healthier Chesapeake Bay
NOAA Fisheries (Chesapeake Bay) July 14, 2017

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, NOAA and partners including The Conservancy are working with local communities to restore habitat and improve water quality.

Rock Solid: Oysters Abound on Restored Reefs in Harris Creek, Survey Finds
Bay Journal (Chesapeake Bay) July 13, 2017

The report released by NOAA provides further evidence that the effort to restore oysters in Harris Creek is meeting expectations.

2016 Oyster Reef Monitoring Report Released
NOAA (Chesapeake Bay) July 10, 2017

The report indicates that oyster reefs restored in Harris Creek in 2013 are highly successful, showing that 97% of those reefs met the requirements for oyster density (at least 15 oysters per square meter) and biomass when they were monitored in 2016.

#MySciComm: Ariana Sutton-Grier’s Confessions of a Not- Quite-Broadway Scientist
Ecological Society of America (People) July 5, 2016

Maryland/DC's Director of Science, Ariana Sutton-Grier, responds to the #MySciComm questions, exploring the personal and professional journeys of science communicators, including the joys, struggles, and helpful resources that surfaced along their way.

Conservation Partnership Benefits Chesapeake Bay And Producers
USDA (Conservation Lands) June 06, 2017

A USDA article about how the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Conservancy are working together to restore wetlands on the Eastern Shore. The piece highlights how the Conservancy is reaching out directly to landowners with properties that are good candidates for restoration and includes a quote from MD/DC Agriculture Program Director, Amy Jacobs.

Planning Ahead For Climate Change's Impact In Maryland
Delmarva Now (Climate Change) June 30, 2017

The Nature Conservancy was one of several organizations to provide input to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as part of their effort to develop a plan for addressing climate change.

Opinion: The All-Important Oyster
The Virginian-Pilot (Oceans & Coasts) May 28, 2017

Mark Bryer, the Conservancy's Chesapeake Bay Program Director, offers his thoughts on the importance of oyster restoration efforts and the threats posed to continued Bay progress with the release of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

Greening of America
Bloomberg BNA (Urban Conservation) May 19, 2017

Urban Conservation Director Kahlil Kettering speaks to Bloomberg BNA about the use of green infrastructure techniques to capture stormwater from the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, MD.

Field Update: Nassawango Creek Preserve
National Aquarium Waterblog (Forests) April 20, 2017

The National Aquarium’s field conservation team traveled to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in March to restore a vital Atlantic white cedar habitat.

Science And Policy
Montgomery Week in Review (Leadership) May 04, 2017

Director of Policy Development Josh Kurtz talks with Montgomery Week in Review about the Conservancy's role in the March for Science and policy accomplishments from the recent Maryland legislative session (starts at 13:40).

Thousands 'March For Science' In Washington, DC
NBC Washington 4 (Events) April 22, 2017

Urban Conservation Director Kahlil Kettering talks about the Conservancy's role in the March for Science and how the chapter is working to address local environmental concerns like stormwater runoff.

Marchar O No Marchar? Dilemma De Cientifico
Voz de America (Events) April 21, 2017

Conservation Ecologist Deborah Landau explains the Conservancy's role in April 22's March for Science in an interview with Voz de America.


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