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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.


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.


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.


Natural Solutions For Stormwater Runoff
Montgomery Week in Review (Rivers & Lakes) April 13, 2017

Urban Conservation Director Kahlil Kettering talks with Montgomery Week in Review about the Conservancy's efforts to reduce stormwater runoff in DC using natural solutions. (starts at 13:45)


Students Plant Native Seedlings In Nassawango Creek Preserve
WBOC (Forests) March 29, 2017

Students from four schools in Worcester and Somerset counties grabbed shovels Wednesday to plant thousands of Atlantic white cedar saplings in the Nassawango Creek Preserve.


Conservation Groups Work To Restore Wetlands On Eastern Shore
WMDT (Forests) March 29, 2017

Wednesday afternoon, it was all hands on deck at the Nassawango Creek Preserve.  This week groups of conservationists are leading a project that hopes to restore an area in the county that they say is crucial to Maryland's Eastern Shore.


Students Plant Native Seedlings In Nassawango Creek Preserve
WBOC News (Forests) March 29, 2017

Conservation Ecologist Deborah Landau was interviewed on camera for this news story about students planting Atlantic White Cedar seedlings at the Nassawango Creek Preserve, part of an ongoing wetlands restoration project.


Conservation Groups Work To Restore Wetlands On Eastern Shore
WMDT News (Forests) March 29, 2017

This week groups of conservationists are leading a project that hopes to restore an area in the county that they say is crucial to Maryland's Eastern Shore.


How Nature-Based Systems Can Slash Wastewater This World Water Day
Ecosystem Marketplace (Partnerships) March 22, 2017

Nature-based interventions have massive potential to help reduce water pollution, and governments, water utilities, companies and communities funneled $25 billion into nature based solutions to solve water-related problems.


Caretakers Seek To Counter Sea Swamping Assateague
Delmarva Now (Climate Change) March 20, 2017

"When they talk about moving these barriers and road loops, it's really a temporary solution to a permanent problem," said Joe Fehrer, coastal and Lower Shore project manager for the Maryland/DC chapter of the Nature Conservancy.


Nature Conservancy Has Opportunity For Area Students
Cumberland Times-News (Leadership) March 13, 2017

Announcing the launch of a pilot LEAF Program in Allegany County.


Climate Change, Development Loom On Nanticoke’s Horizon
Bay Journal (Climate Change) February 21, 2017

Writer Rona Kobell quoted Joe Fehrer for an article about the uncertain future of the Nanticoke river.


Delmarva Conservation Partnership Meets On The Shore
Lancaster Farming (Partnerships) January 29, 2017

More than 60 partners including conservation organizations, agribusinesses, government agencies, the scientific community and local farmers came to the meeting.


Calvert Nature Society Doubles Battle Creek Protected Area
The Calvert Recorder (Conservation Lands) December 07, 2016

Calvert Nature Society recently acquired more than 100 wooded acres, fields and wetlands, which effectively doubles the protected area around Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, further protecting one of Calvert County’s unique natural habitats.


Blackwater Refuge Expands To Deal With Rising Water
The Bay Journal (Climate Change) December 01, 2016

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, already vast at 27,000 acres, is becoming even larger.  The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it has acquired 410 acres of new land for the refuge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore from The Nature Conservancy.


Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Adds 400 Acres Along The Nanticoke River
The Baltimore Sun (Conservation Lands) December 01, 2016

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore is growing by more than 400 acres with the federal government's purchase of two pieces of land along the Nanticoke River.  The land, purchased from the Nature Conservancy, is considered an important and diverse habitat for songbirds and waterfowl.


Growing Blackwater
WYPR Radio (Climate Change) December 01, 2016

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is about to grow.  The US Fish and Wildlife service announced Thursday it has acquired 410 acres to add to the 27,000 it already holds on the Eastern Shore.


Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Acquires 410 New Acres to Protect Waterfowl and Other Bird Species Against Sea-Level Rise
Press Release (Partnerships) December 1, 2016

Two new tracks of land were purchased from The Nature Conservancy with funds from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.


Coastal Wetlands Save Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Flood Damages During U.S. Hurricanes
Press Release (Climate Resilience) October 25, 2016

As communities recover from Hurricane Matthew, a new study finds more than $600 million in property losses were prevented during Hurricane Sandy by coastal habitats in the Northeast Coast.


A 30-Plus Year Effort To Restore Chesapeake Bay
Annapolis Green / WNAV (Oceans & Coasts) October 12, 2016

The Conservancy's Mark Bryer joins Elvia Thompson for a conversation about the 30-plus year effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay.


Does Your Garden Need A Fall Cleanup? Not So Fast.
The Washington Post (Community) October 12, 2016

“The less disturbance the better,” Landau said. “All these animals have adapted to depend on these plants in the winter.” Maybe we can be smart enough to copy them.


Online Platform Helps Citizen Scientists Transform Outdoor Space into Wildlife-Friendly Habitat
Press Release (Citizen Science) October 3, 2016

Front yards, office patios or city parks could provide important habitat for dozens of plants and animals.

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