It’s 9 a.m. on a warm Saturday in November and Brian Fockler and his 13-year-old
daughter, Grace, are already hard at work.
Together, they plant willow trees and other
native plants along Little Antietam Creek,
a waterway near Smithsburg, Maryland.
Although today, the trees are just cuttings
about three-feet long, with time, they will
mature into a buffer that soaks up pollution, prevents erosion, and helps to regulate the temperature of the creek.
Fockler keeps a busy schedule—he’s a
police officer, a father of five, and currently
training for his first marathon—yet he
always makes time for restoration events in
his area. “I enjoy doing the tree plantings
for a number of reasons. I like being out-
doors, I like knowing that my efforts are
helping to restore the Bay, and I like my
kids to see me doing it and enjoying it, so
they will take an interest in helping too,”
he says. He notes that he has been careful
to teach his children that their actions
affect nearby streams and creeks, as well as
life downstream. “Everything we do, it all
trickles down to the Bay,” he says. Fockler
was thrilled when Grace joined him at her
first tree planting in 2015. She has since
volunteered to remove invasive plants from
a local park and contribute at today’s event.
In addition to pitching in as a volunteer,
since 2006 Fockler has supported CBF with
a monthly gift through the Chesapeake
Guardian program. His contributions provide a steady source of income for CBF.
Member support makes up 80 percent of
CBF’s annual operating budget, so the generosity of individuals like Fockler make a real
difference in the work that CBF is able to
accomplish. “I support CBF for what it does
and what it stands for. I’m just very appreciative and proud to be a part of it,” he says.
U CBF thanks Brian Fockler and his family
for their generosity and their work to restore
Little Antietam Creek.
Like Father, Like Daughter
By Melanie McCarty
Melanie McCarty is CBF’s
Manager. This fall she
celebrated her two-year
anniversary at CBF.
Brian Fockler, a monthly giver through our
Chesapeake Guardian program, and his
daughter Grace help to plant willow trees and
other native plants along Little Antietam Creek
near Smithsburg, Maryland.
A Gift that Gives Back
This holiday season you have two options to save the Bay while giving a unique gift
to a friend or loved one.
CBF Gift Membership—The gift of a one-year membership will support CBF’s comprehensive work to
restore the Chesapeake Bay, while providing your gift recipient exclusive benefits all year long, including a
subscription to Save the Bay magazine, discounts at our online store, and reduced rates on Bay Discovery trips.
CBF’s Online Giving Catalog—Baby oysters. Native trees. Field experiences for students.
Environmentally-friendly “virtual gifts” make great holiday presents. All donations support CBF’s efforts
to save the Bay and its rivers and streams.
For more information please go online to cbf.org/gift
or call 888/SAVEBAY (888/728-3229).
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