CBF Attorneys on the Road
On November 10, CBF Staff Attorney Ariel Solaski and Litigation
Fellow Gabrielle Gilbeau presented a lecture to James Madison
University’s Natural Resource Management class, taught by Bobby
Whitescarver. The class comprises 23 seniors all in the Integrated
Science and Technology major with a concentration in the environment. Students learned all about CBF and were updated on the
American Farm Bureau v. EPA case, in which CBF is working on EPA’s
side to defend the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. Student Carli
Kohler (seen above) commented, “It is very reassuring and motivating
to hear them talk about something they are so passionate about and it
was a truly captivating experience.”
After visiting with the students, Solaski and Gibeau traveled to Cave
View Farm, a concentrated animal feeding operation (or CAFO) that
has installed conservation practices. One practice used on the farm is
planting radishes and crimson clover as cover crops and biotillers.
These conservation practices return nutrients to the soil, prevent erosion, and reduce the need for machine tilling.
Grasses for the Masses
Late January/Early February
Grasses for the Masses is an underwater
grasses restoration program. CBF provides volunteers with grow kits and wild celery seeds (Vallisneria americana).
After attending a workshop, participants will grow grasses through
May, and, with CBF’s help, will plant the new grasses at restoration
sites on the James and Potomac Rivers. Maintenance for the kit and
grasses is minimal. Registration will open in early December. Please
contact Blair Blanchette, Grassroots Coordinator, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804/780-1392.
Activate Eastern Shore
First Wednesday of the month
Activate ES is a once-monthly Virginia Eastern
Shore citizen advocacy meetup where attendees learn more about
Bay legislative priorities, how they affect the Shore, and how we
can become more involved to help make a difference! Location is
flexible based on interest. For more information or to join, please
contact Tatum Ford at 757/971-0366 or email@example.com
Pennsylvania Farm Show
Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg
The 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show—an extravaganza of all things agriculture—features 6,000
animals; 10,000 competitive exhibits; 300
commercial exhibits; and some terrific food. CBF’s Restoration and
Agriculture Policy staff members will be there, promoting farm conservation. To learn more, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
February 3, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis
Hear from top legislative leaders and advocates
about the environmental priorities for the 2106 General Assembly.
Join us to support strong environmental policy.
DC on the Half Shell
Monday, February 29
Union Market, Washington, D.C.
An evening celebrating Chesapeake oysters and
honoring Michael Hankin, CEO Brown Advisory.
Sponsorships are available. Please contact
Heather McMunigal at 410/268-8816.
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Gerald Garber’s farm, Cave View, has installed so many conservation
practices that it has won the Governor’s Shenandoah Basin Clean Water
Farm Award. Pictured are left to right: Ariel Solaski, CBF’s Staff Attorney;
Gerald Garber; and Gabrielle Gilbeau, CBF’s Litigation Fellow.
James Madison University Students Carli Kohler, L.J. Anderson, and
David Glenn plant trees with CBF on a farm in Luray, Virginia.
The farm’s streams drain to the Shenandoah River.