Happy Holidays to all!
What a wonderful year it has been for the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance. We have continued to expand our network of diverse partners through our bimonthly meetings and by participating in complementary regional partnerships, such as the Potomac Watershed Partnership. This past year our partners have engaged landowners in stewardship and increased environmental awareness through on-the-ground workshops (Tree Farm Field Tour), comprehensive reports (State of the Nation's River Report 2011), presentations (Frederick County's Green Infrastructure Plan), and much more. Looking ahead, various programs (ie: Trout in the Classroom and Backyard Buffers) will continue to to grow and benefit future generations.
With the new year almost upon us, take a moment to consider what you can do in 2012 to contribute to the protection and betterment of your local environment. There will be grant award opportunities (such as the Chesapeake Bay Coldwater Land Conservancy Fund and NFWF Small Watersheds Grant program) throughout the year for non-profits and local government agencies. There are a number of quick and easy ways for individual citizens to help as well; Individuals may "Can the Grease!", assist the Frederick County Forestry Board with the Nature Notes column, keep watch for the Japanese Cedar Longhorned Beetle, participate in the planning process for a Critical Area Resource Plan, volunteer to be a Maryland Green School Leader, plant trees, reduce waste... the list goes on!
Thank you for your continued support of the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance. We would not have the success we've had in protecting and improving local water quality if it were not for our dedicated partners and interested citizens.
Have a very happy New Year!
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Community Restoration Coordinator
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