Agricultural sustainability in the face of a growing world population, diminishing resources, and a changing climate

AWRA’s Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality II Spring ConferenceAbstracts due: October 9, 2012; Conference: March 25-27, 2013 — St. Louis, Missouri — The last Agricultural Hydrology meeting was in 2003. This conference focuses on agricultural sustainability in the face of a growing world population, diminishing resources, and a changing climate. For more information see or contact Christine McCrehin  or (540) 687-8390.

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Sustainable agriculture, manure to power, and other conservation practices

Good afternoon CN,

Here’s the latest video from the Chesapeake Bay Program. I visited Brubaker Farms in Lancaster County, PA to learn about sustainable agriculture, manure to power, and other really neat conservation practices. Thanks for watching, and please share!


Steve Droter

Multimedia Specialist

Chesapeake Bay Program

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24th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium

24th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium – Conference: April 9-11, 2013 — Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia.  Presentations are accepted by industry, business, government, academic, and non-profit professionals and by undergraduate students on topics including, but not limited to: Chesapeake Bay, Stormwater Management, Water Supply,  Climate Change, Environmental Education, Sustainability in Higher Education, Ground Water, Water Quality , Human Health and more.  For more information and to submit abstracts, go to A limited number of abstracts will be accepted.  Notice of acceptance will be made by 1 December 2012.  For more details, please contact the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics, or (540)-464-7361.

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Environmental Field School

Environmental Field School

Vickie Boutwell, Education Support Specialist, Staunton River Battlefield State Park 

Click to enlargeStaunton River Battlefield State Park hosted the 13th annual Environmental Field School from June 18th to June 22nd. This program was designed to promote interest in stewardship of natural resources and build a foundation for future education in environmental sciences. This year, a total of twelve sixth grade students from Southside, Lake County, and Halifax Soil and Water Conservation districts were in attendance. The Halifax Soil and Water Department chooses up to ten participants from each county based upon applications stating their interest in environmental issues. 

Click to enlargeThe curriculum focused on watershed study and planning, erosion and sediment control, forestry, biological and chemical stream monitoring, and plant identification. A variety of activities supported this curriculum and included fish prints, nature walks, watershed modeling, and demonstrations. The students also toured the historical earthworks fortifications, bridge, and archaeological site within the park as well as the nearby Clover Power Station. 

The week concluded with a half-day canoe tour of the Staunton River and a fish shocking demonstration. Through monetary donations, the Environmental Field School is conducted at no cost to the students.

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Farm Energy Efficiency: From Audit to Funding – workshop registration

4.) Workshop: Farm Energy Efficiency: From Audit to FundingRegistration deadline: August 10, 2012; Workshop: August 16, 2012 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — Franklin Center, Rocky Mount, Virginia –Tobacco, dairy, and poultry producers can discover new tools for reducing energy consumption and costs by attending the workshop. The program will also benefit those engaged in greenhouse farming or who are interested in the energy audit process and supporting resources. Participants will learn about the costs and benefits of analyzing farm energy use, resources available, and the process for securing grant funding. They will also hear from a panel of energy auditors and a farmer who used an energy audit to develop and secure a Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant. Sponsored by Rural Development, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Farm Bureau/Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability or (FAIRS). View the full program flyer (pdf, 296KB: Learn more about the NRCS Energy Initiative (pdf, 1.2 MB:

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Native Plants of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

See below for a call for reprints of this guide (Native Plants of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed). Please respond directly to Ms. Reshetiloff if your organization is interested in purchasing reprints from the printer (Mount Royal Printing). Also please note that If you need < 200 copies, please consider contacting other organizations or other chapters of your organization and pool your request for ease of billing and shipping.

Damien P. Ossi

Wildlife Biologist

Fisheries and Wildlife Division

District Dept. of Environment

1200 First Street; Fifth Floor

Washington, DC 20002





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Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 1:41 PM

Subject: reprint of Native Plants for Wildlife Habita and Conservation Landscaping



We are gearing up for a reprint of the native plant guide. Interested organizations will purchase their copies (+ shipping) directly from the printer.

If we can get enough orders to equal:

15,000 copies, the price to you would be $1.60 per copy (+ shipping); 20,000 copies, the price to you would be $1.50 per copy (+ shipping); 30,000 copies, the price to you would be $1.40 per copy (+ shipping);

Right now, I have requests to print 5000 copies. So we need at least 10,000 more to make it affordable. Sorry I don’t know the shipping charge-I’m looking into that.

If you are interested send me an email including name:






maximum # of copies you can commit to

*If you need < 200 copies, please consider contacting other organizations or other chapters of your organization and pool your request for ease of billing and shipping


Kathy Reshetiloff

Chesapeake Bay Field Office

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

177 Admiral Cochrane Drive

Annapolis MD 21401


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Scientific American Society & Policy emails on current topics

This is a good source of information on current topics in science.  You might be interested in subscribing to receive email updates periodically.

Check it out here:

Scroll to the bottom and sign up to receive the newsletter.


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State of VA removes Commission on Climate Change website from public view

The State of Virginia, no longer placing a priority on the work or findings of Virginia’s Commission on Climate Change, recently removed the Commission’s website from public view. 

Wetlands Watch stepped forward and has re-created the website to keep it alive and available.  Using templates provided by state staffers, we downloaded and copied critical Commission documents onto a new website set up for this purpose.

The Commission website can now be found at:

We are asking organizations to link to this new URL so that search engines will start pointing to the site. 

The Virginia Climate Commission’s inquiry and deliberations –  and the documents produced – are the only policy review and statement by the Commonwealth of Virginia on the issue of climate change and its impacts.  It stands until superseded and needs to be publicly displayed for all to see.

We see this work as a continuation of our efforts to better prepare Virginia’s communities and businesses for the impacts of climate change – like rising sea levels.  We use the findings of the Commission on adaptation as a roadmap for our work.

We are grateful for the support of individuals and foundations that allows Wetlands Watch to respond to needs like this with such short notice. 

We are especially grateful to John Blandin, one of our founding Board members (and website designer) for doing the hard work on this reconstruction.

Skip Stiles
Executive Director

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Schoolyard Restoration: Landscapes for Learning

Upcoming Educational Events

From: Ecological Landscaping Association


1.   Schoolyard Restoration: Landscapes for Learning–Hbju94SK6VxQHMOu0yz0IOqhEHKiyhSuW9]

Tuesday, July 10, 11:15 am – 2:00 pm

(Rain Date July 17)

Milton and Jamaica Plain, MA

Join landscape architect, Ruth Parnall, for a unique tour of two transformed schoolyards to learn how to create rich landscapes that solve site problems, produce beautiful gardens, develop habitat, and inspire children to explore and learn.

Register today. []

2.  Design Inspirations from New England’s Wild Landscapes []

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Recapture the flavor of your favorite part of New England by designing a native plant community into your garden. The lecture will include several examples of local naturalistic landscapes, some wild sites that “just grew”, some managed natural landscapes, and some that were designed as a recreation of a woodland, seacoast, or meadow location.

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Boston Nature Center: Urban Landscape Restoration []

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