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Ecological or environmental stewardship addresses the ways in which humans use the land and natural resources to work with local ecology and natural systems in meeting the food and fiber needs of populations. The goals of environmental stewardship are to preserve natural systems, take from them no more than is given back and, when possible, improve soil, water, and air qualities through their use. LESSON works with these organizations to understand the ecology of the Delmarva Peninsula and the Chesapeake Bay watershed and to educate the community about the integral relationship between agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Lower Shore Land Trust

LSLT
Our Mission "To protect the natural heritage, rural character, and historic landscapes of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, by assisting landowners to discover, evaluate, and implement any of the available land preservation options."

Adopt Your Watershed

E.P.A.

To encourage stewardship of the nation's water resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is leading an "Adopt Your Watershed" campaign. Through this effort, EPA challenges citizens and organizations to join us and others who are working to protect and restore our valuable rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, ground water, and estuaries.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is a nonprofit organization established in 1996 to take a leadership role in protecting and enhancing the Delaware Estuary, where fresh water from the Delaware River mixes with salt water from the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of 28 Congressionally designated National Estuary Programs throughout the coastal United States working to improve the environmental health of the nation's estuaries. Its staff works with partners in three states to increase awareness, understanding, and scientific knowledge about the Delaware Estuary, the region's most important cultural, economic, and recreational resource.

Compliance and Enforcement - Annual Results

EPA

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
Compliance and Enforcement - Annual Results

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them.

Our Vision
Our vision in 2050 is an Eastern Shore where towns are vibrant and well defined; farms, forests, and fisheries are thriving and scenic; historic, natural, and riverine landscapes are maintained.

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Where We Work
ESLC helps save land and promote sound land use planning from the C&D Canal in Cecil County all the way to the Nanticoke River in Dorchester County. We work in Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties.

Lower Shore Land Trust


In the first 13 years, the Lower Shore Land Trust has assisted landowners in preserving over 10,500 acres of land on the Lower Shore.

The Lower Shore Land Trust is a private, non-profit, charitable organization formed in 1990. The Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT) works with individual landowners who wish to protect the natural heritage of their property, so that the character of the land and the quality of life it nourishes will remain intact for the benefit and enjoyment of generations to come.

We assist landowners in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties who wish to protect, in perpetuity, habitat necessary to sustain a diverse and healthy wildlife population, natural buffers that maintain water quality, and preserve scenic vistas and landscapes surrounding sites of historical and cultural importance. We wish to ensure that sufficient lands remain to support forestry and agriculture as viable industries on the Lower Eastern Shore.   CONTACT:   Lower Shore Land Trust

North County Preservation

North County Preservation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting rural life in Northern Baltimore County.

We focus on gathering and distributing fact-based information to encourage responsible development and preservation, providing education on the history, and unique resources of the area, performing studies on land use trends, and solutions to conserve natural, agricultural, and scenic resources, and promoting long-term solutions to increase agricultural sustainability and to protect open space. Check out North County Preservation!

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Regional Map

Maps from the USDA's Census of Agriculture showing watersheds by region and subregions. Find out what subregion you are in

"Workshop with Peter Donovan at ECOCity Farms" exploring relationships between carbon and water in the soil and atmosphere.

A one-day workshop will take place on April 17th at the Bladensburg Farm (6100 Emerson Street, Bladensburg, MD 20710

Participants will walk away with a deep understanding of carbon and water cycling on farmland, how to measure and monitor water-holding carbon in your soil, track changes in soil productivity and soil health.
For questions and RSVP contact: Gabrielle grovegno@ecocityfarms.org.

Fridaysonthefarm - Conservation Partnership Benefits Chesapeake Bay and Producers - NRCS

In this #Fridaysonthefarm feature, NRCS explores the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and meets producers and partners in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia who are implementing voluntary on-farm conservation practices that improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat and strengthen the economic bottom lines for working lands. Read more @: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/featu...



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