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Call for Nominations for:
The Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award

The Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award is given out each year to the person who epitomizes environmental education in Anne Arundel County. The Award was given last year, 2015, to Hilary Thompson (Old Mill Middle School North) and her husband, Ben Thompson (George Fox Middle School), the first joint awardees in the history of the Award.

Carlo Martini R. Echiverri, AP Environmental Science Teacher, South River High School, was given the Award in 2014 for his excellence in teaching. Past awardees include educators such as Suzanne Kilby Etgen (Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center - 2011), scientists (Sally G. Horner, Ph.D., 2003), environmental activists (William ‘Billie’ Moulden, 1999), and those serving in government (Senator Gerald Winegrad, 1995).

The award this year will be given on

Thursday,
September 29, 2016
Beginning at 6:30 pm
At Arlington Echo.

The Award is named after Jan Hollmann, an environmental activist who died in 1990 at the age of 44. Jan created one of the first land trust in Maryland (the Severn River Land Trust, which subsequently became the Scenic Rivers Land Trust). She also came up with the idea for the critical area law enacted by the state legislature in 1984. The Award Committee is looking for nominations for those people who exemplify the commitment to environmental education shown by Jan Hollmann.

The nomination form can be found here.

Please contact Pierre Henkart at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your nominations.
Thank you very much for your help with this and the Committee wishes you all a happy and safe spring and summer.


Your Woods and Your Wallet Workshop May 3, 7-8:30pm

Your Woods and Your Wallet: A workshop for Maryland landowners

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Deale Community Library
5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale, MD 20751


Having woods on your property benefits wildlife, the air you breathe and your local streams. Your woods can also benefit your wallet. Scenic Rivers Land Trust and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay are hosting a workshop to discuss the many economic incentives and opportunities available to Maryland woodland owners.

Learn how to:
  • Assess and enhance the value of your woodland
  • Reduce property taxes
  • Access conservation tools & financial incentive programs
  • Select professionals to help you meet your goals

The information discussed during this workshop is geared towards landowners with 5 or more acres of woods.


Registration is FREE but required by 4/30
To register go to our online registration form, or contact Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837
 


 For more information, please contact Sarah Knebel 

 

This event is sponsored by the Maryland Environmental Trust and State Highways Administration

 


BGE Osprey Protection Program

BGE Launches Program to Protect Ospreys and Electric Service Reliability
Osprey Watch Calls on Customers to Report Nests Sighted on Utility Equipment


Baltimore, MD – (March 9, 2016) – March marks the annual return of ospreys to the Chesapeake Bay and also the likelihood that their nests will appear
osprey nest depositphotoon Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) electric equipment. These nests endanger the birds and may cause power outages.
                                                                


To protect the ospreys and help BGE continue the safe and reliable delivery of electricity, the company has launched a nest identification program called Osprey Watch. Any customer who identifies a nest on or near utility equipment, such as power lines and poles, should let BGE know immediately by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. BGE will dispatch a trained crew to either shield the birds and nests from the equipment or remove the nest.

“Osprey Watch is an innovative program that provides our customers with a way to protect ospreys while also helping prevent power outages,” said Rob Biagiotti, BGE’s vice president of customer operations and chief customer officer. “BGE has a longstanding commitment to the environment which has always included a comprehensive plan to protect wildlife. We have an obligation to provide smart energy solutions and Osprey Watch now enables everyone to help ensure that ospreys can have a safe nesting season on the Chesapeake Bay.” 

How customers can help:

  • When you see an osprey nest on BGE equipment, report the location of the osprey nest via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide the following information:
    • If the pole is easily accessible, please send us the pole number, located on a placard near eye level on the pole.
    • If the pole is not easily accessible, please send us the nearest address to the pole and attach photos of the pole (taken from different perspectives if possible).
Once a nest is reported, BGE will remove the nest if no birds or eggs are present. The nest will be relocated where possible. If the nest is inhabited, deterrents will be placed on the electric equipment to shield the birds and nests and mitigate the risks of contact

“BGE has been recognized by groups like Audubon Maryland-DC and Wildlife Habitat Council for the bird-friendly areas and natural habitats we’ve created throughout our service territory,” said Alex Nunez, BGE’s vice president of governmental and external affairs and member of the Audubon Maryland-DC board. “This is an opportunity to engage our customers so they can contribute to keeping ospreys safe which also helps us reliably deliver electricity.”

There have been 123 osprey outage events since 2006, with the vast majority occurring between April and August. The most impacted areas are located along the Chesapeake Bay and include Havre de Grace, near Martin State Airport, south Baltimore, south of Annapolis, and Shady Side to Deale in Anne Arundel County.

To view a video of a previous osprey nest relocation, please click here.

BGE Reliability

Since 2006, the number of total electric outages has decreased 43 percent, and electric outage length has been reduced by 38 percent. BGE continually invests in its infrastructure, including more than $6 billion in system upgrades since 2002, which is expected to lead to fewer outages and faster restoration when outages do occur.

Landowner Happy Hour 3/10 7-9pm

Landowner Happy Hour
At Pirates Cove Restaurant
Galesville, MD
Thursday, March 10th
7-9pm

Protect your land and gain income and property tax relief through conservation easements!

Big things happened at the end of last year for conservation easements - particularly, much better income tax incentives. Come learn about how you can protect the legacy of your land forever, and save even more money than before in income and property taxes. This will be a short but informative conversation led by Scenic Rivers Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that has been helping conserve the beautiful lands of Anne Arundel County for the last 25 years.

Talk about taxes always goes better with complimentary drinks and appetizers!

RSVP much appreciated: please contact Sarah Knebel, Easement Outreach Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837


The History of Protecting the South River Greenway

The History of Protecting the South River Greenway
 Sunrise at BRNA
The turn of the year is always a time of reflection for us here at SRLT. We were looking back on all of the effort going into protecting the South River Greenway (SRG), from a wealth of partners - years of advocacy, networking, millions of dollars, neighbor support, and hundreds of volunteer hours.


To top it off, all of us - SRLT, SRF, USFWS, AACo, MORE, MET - aren’t done yet. We are in it for the long haul - more protected land, more stream restoration, and more public access are what’s in the queue for this year and every year to come.


We’re proud to be a part of the movement.


To read a brief but very informative history of the protection of SRG, look here.


Photo Credit: Wendy Crowe
Posted: 01/12/2016