ESLC's weekly news, delivered straight to your inbox.
View this email in your browser

Hello, Friend

Fun Fact Friday is back! Did you know? Here on the Delmarva Peninsula, our 1.3 million acres of farmland holds 7,000 farms (including 5,500 family-owned farms), yielding $2.8 billion in farm products a year. This strong base of agriculture is a main reason that this region has successfully staved off over-development. #DelmarvaOasis



In The News

Eastern Shore Remembers, Says Goodbye to Former Md. Gov. Harry Hughes
WBOC-TV - Maryland is preparing to say goodbye to former governor and Eastern Shore native, Harry R. Hughes. The Caroline County native died last week at the age of 92. His name and legacy are remembered at the bridge in Denton as well as a portrait at the conference room dedicated in his honor at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in Easton. Hughes was a board member at the organization and was also a well known champion of the Chesapeake Bay. He supported new initiatives to eliminating pollution while preserving prized land and history in places like the Eastern Shore. "It feels like a celebration of his life," ESLC President Rob Etgen said. "He was always just lighthearted and fun to be with and a casual, comfortable person.WATCH VIDEO
2019 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Announced! - The Maryland Environmental Trust in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development presents five Keep Maryland Beautiful grants. Grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program help volunteer-based, nonprofit groups, communities and land trusts in Maryland to support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship and to protect natural resources in urban and rural areas.   READ MORE
How bad will Maryland's spring allergy season be this year? Here's what you need to know.
The Baltimore Sun - Spring is in the air, and more pollen is, too. For the 8 percent of U.S. adults estimated to suffer from pollen allergies, spring can bring symptoms that include itchy eyes, runny noses, congestion and sneezing as trees and grass begin to pollinate. This year, pollen levels have already reached moderate levels in the Baltimore area. It’s fairly typical for spring allergy season to begin in March; some trees begin because pollinating in February. “I think last year was a little bit weird because the spring season started a little bit late,” Kewalramani said. The earlier start to allergy season this year means it could last longer.  READ MORE
U.S. Ethanol Consumption Declines for First Time in 20 Years
National Farmers Union - For the first time in two decades, ethanol consumption declined in the United States from 2017 to 2018, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. The decline follows two years of a dramatic spike in waivers being provided to oil refiners by EPA to subvert the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The waivers have destroyed demand for at least 2.6 billion gallons of ethanol. “U.S. farmers and ethanol producers are struggling through the most difficult economy in years while this Administration undermines its own promises to support the ethanol industry," issued National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson in a statement. "The actions on the part of the Trump Administration to subvert the will of Congress, undermine the positive growth of the U.S. biofuels industry, and destroy demand for U.S. farm products are appalling."  READ MORE
Eastern Shore Foods Lab at Washington College - The Eastern Shore Food Lab is establishing an outdoor learning space at the River and Field Campus for the study and production of wild foods, primitive technology, and ecological landscape design. Tyrrel sees the future of the ESFL outpost traced in the course of the river. “I would like to bring people in canoes and kayaks up the Chester to the site. Visitors could land on our nice sandy beach and stay for a few days to reconnect with what it means to be human.” “This space will be a great example of how to live with the land,” Adelizzi says. “It’s inspiring to know that this space is dedicated to having humans reconnect with nature and serve as a model to the community.”  READ MORE/WATCH VIDEO
These are the 10 most popular national parks
National Geographic (photo: Healthy Harbor Initiative)Billion is a pretty big number. (To wit: A million seconds equals about 11 days, but a billion seconds is almost 32 years.) So it’s all the more incredible that the National Park Service’s records have registered over 14 billion visits since 1904. That’s nearly twice the planet’s population. Those massive crowds keep coming because of the parks’ enduring power. Parks—“America’s best idea”—preserve wildlife and wild places, provide vital recreation, and create priceless cultural spacesSEE PARKS
The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change
Huffpost (image: Jade Marucut for Huffpost) - A three-year UN-backed study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has grim implications for the future of humanity. Nature is in freefall and the planet’s support systems are so stretched that we face widespread species extinctions and mass human migration unless urgent action is taken. That’s the warning hundreds of scientists are preparing to give, and it’s stark.  READ MORE
Work at ESLC! - Passionate about conservation & preserving our beautiful Eastern Shore? See if there’s a fit by checking out our full-time, part-time, and summer internships that are currently available!  JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor Spotlight: St. Michaels Marina
ESLC thanks Rise and Thrive conference sponsor, St. Michaels Marina! Founded in 1982, SMM is a high end resort marina catering to the hospitality needs of the of the Chesapeake Bay boater. Slip rentals, pool, three fabulous restaurants, ship store, diesel/gas. "Amenities. Service. Fuel. Spa. Memories."


Rise and Thrive: Creating America’s Most Resilient Rural Region
Where: Oxford Community Center
When: Saturday | March 23 | 8:30am to 12:30pm
Tickets: $25 $10 student
TOMORROW'S THE DAY AND ONLY TWO TICKETS REMAIN!  Although the Eastern Shore is among America’s most vulnerable regions to sea level rise, we are also a strong and unique community ready to meet these climate challenges head-on. Saturday morning will be full of engaging conversation about how we can leverage our strengths – including a robust economic base, a strong sense of community, and a network of local innovators – to build resilience that will last for years to come.  TICKETS
ESLC's 19th Annual Planning Conference
Congestion Ahead: Rerouting...
Where: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
When: Thursday, April 18th, 9am to 4pm
Tickets: $55 | $25 student
From beach travelers to daily commuters, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a foundational piece of the region’s prosperity and is inadequate for the growing demands of Marylanders. Fittingly held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club with the bridge as a backdrop, ESLC’s 19th Annual Planning Conference will stimulate conversation around ways to minimize congestion today and explore long-term infrastructure solutions for the future. Attendees should come with an appetite for stimulating discussion and delicious, locally sourced foods!  GET YOUR TICKETS

Until next week,
The ESLC Staff
Copyright © 2018  Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
114 S. Washington Street, Suite 101, Easton, MD 21601
Phone: 410.690.4603

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp