There is a wealth of information available to help guide you as you learn about rainscaping and other green solutions. Many of the resources listed are provided courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a RainScaping Campaign partner. To find out about resources to assist you in implementing your rainscaping projects, click the categories under "RainScaping Resources." Additional resources are listed in the drop-down box. These resource lists and links will be regularly updated; and new information will be continually added, so check back often. Listing does not constitute an endorsement by the RainScaping Campaign.
BayScapes Program for bay-friendly landscaping
Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers volunteer restoration opportunities and workshops. Their website offers a broad range of information for the conservation-minded and green landscaping enthusiast. FInd out more about bay-friendly landscaping at www.cbf.org/landscaping or the program, Plant
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting, and educating the public about conservation-based landscaping practices to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. To join their ListServ, send a blank email to ChesapeakeCLCfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Chesapeake Ecology Center, at Adams Academy at Adams Park, 245 Clay Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Ongoing restoration and demonstration projects, featuring 30 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Sites, including bayscapes, rain gardens and xeriscapes on 10 acres in the heart of Annapolis. Self-guided tours; guided tours are also available.
Landscape For Life is based on the principles of The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), the nation's first rating system for sustainable landscapes. SITES offers technical tools for professionals who design, construct, operate, and maintain landscapes of all sizes. Landscape For Life presents this information in an easy-to-understand form that homeowners and gardeners can use themselves.
Plant More Plants, a personal stewardship campaign by the Chesapeake Club, seeks to ensure a cleaner and safer Chesapeake Bay by encouraging consumers to take action – right in their own backyards. Stormwater runoff from urban and suburban land is now the fastest-growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. Native trees, shrubs, plants and grasses have expansive root systems that hold soil in place and act as natural filters of runoff, which slows soil erosion.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For Maryland native plant lists to download: www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/nativesMD. BayScapes Program, 410-573-4500 www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/bayscapes.htm
University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Home and Garden Information Center, 1-800-342-2507 (in Maryland), outside Maryland 410-531-1757.
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers information, slide show and photos on "Green Landscaping." Contact Dan Welker, US EPA, Region 3, 215-814-5000 (Main Number) or 1-800-438-2474 (when within Region 3).
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers a free booklet on Backyard Conservation, call 1-888-LANDCARE or email email@example.com. The booklet can also be downloaded from the website.
The Watershed Stewards Academy trains and supports community leaders to serve as Master Watershed Stewards in the protection, restoration and conservation of our watersheds, working to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater runoff in Anne Arundel County. If you live in Anne Arundel County, you can make a difference in the health of our waterways.
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