The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, is soliciting nominations for its annual Chesapeake Forest Champions contest. Forests provide clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and a host of other benefits to people. In rural and urban areas alike, trees are one of the best tools to reduce the pollution that flows off the land into local waterways and, ultimately, to the Bay. With 100 acres of the region’s forest lost to development each day, the need for local champions of trees and forests has never been greater.
The purpose of this contest is to recognize the outstanding efforts of groups and individuals from around the Bay watershed to conserve, restore, and celebrate Chesapeake forests in 2017. The contest is open to all including landowners, community groups, nonprofits, forestry and natural resource professionals, schools, youth organizations, businesses, and public agencies. Basically, if you know of any group or individual who is doing outstanding work for forests as a volunteer or professional, nominate them. Nominations submitted for the last two contests will automatically be considered for 2017.
Nominations must be completed using this form and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1. Winners will be recognized at the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum on November 3 in Sheperdstown, WV. Registration, food, and lodging expenses at the Forum will be covered for award recipients.