“Well-managed” farmland and other working "open-spaces" should not be taxed when they provide ecosystem services exceeding the cost of public services for the land. In many states including Virginia, local governments have a special way of collecting revenue from their constituents that have farmland or “open-space” called “land-use” taxation. It’s a...
This is a landmark case for clean water! Judge Sylvia Rambo Rules On Friday, September 13, Judge Rambo ruled in favor of a restored Chesapeake Bay. Here's the link to an article from the Associated Press. This is wonderful news for all of us working for a restored Bay and for all...
Hydro-Fracking for natural gas; it’s very controversial. On the plus side it is reducing our dependence on foreign oil and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions (because it’s cheaper than coal). It’s also making some folks very rich. It Pollutes Water On the downside, it pollutes our water. It also destroys...
I finally found a plant that will take over tall fescue – wingstem, but I’m not sure I like it. Let me explain. Both plants are invasive, tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is a non-native invasive plant; wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) is a native plant that is invasive. Invasive Plant Definition What...
I have been involved with over 500 miles of riparian buffer plantings and have witnessed plenty of failures and successes. I would like to share with you what I believe is the recipe for success, that being TREE CANOPY CLOSURE IN TEN YEARS. I’ll get right to the point then...
I’m standing in the middle of the footbridge across the Potomac River at Harper’s Ferry looking downstream. Beneath me flows the nation’s river that at this point in its journey, drained six million acres of land. Just downstream to my right the waters from another two million acres join the...
I recently attended a "Stream and Buffer Ecology Workshop" at the Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, Pennsylvania. Stroud is a world-class research facility for fresh water science. This year their “Moorhead Environmental Complex” was awarded a “Platinum LEED” rating, which is the nation’s highest certification for green construction. The Stroud...
Several days ago we had "just one more" chore: letting the cows into the hay lot behind Wesley’s house so they could eat the grass down. There is no fence between the hay lot and hay field so we put up some fake electric fence and parked the truck...
This past Monday, I read the news that the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto against soybean farmer Vernon Bowman of Indiana (7-0). Much to the chagrin of organic farming enthusiasts and the anti-GMO movement, the Supreme Court was right. I’ve read both sides and from what...
Here in Swoope, it's been raining for three days - we've had 10.5 inches of rain. Our Middle River has been out in its floodplain for the third day in a row. Flood waters have completely covered much of our pasture and our single strand of electric fence that...
In his e-book, Bobby shares his invaluable knowledge and findings drawn from years of field experience. His tips for how to improve water quality and protect livestock are a true win/win. Please read it. And please share it.
Will BakerPresident Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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