The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Frances H. Flanigan Environmental Leadership Award was unveiled in 2001 in honor of Flanigan’s 23-year history of leadership and partnership-building throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Flanigan was its first recipient. At that time, the Alliance announced that the award would be presented annually to a different worthy individual.

Winners in subsequent years were:

  • 2002: Retired Rear Admiral Ray E. Moses of NOAA, chairman of the Elizabeth River Project
  • 2003: Judith M. Stribling, president of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance
  • 2004: Sarah J. Taylor-Rogers of Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology Inc.
  • 2005: George Wolff of Wolff Associates

The Alliance is now accepting nominees for this honor in 2006. It’s time to put on your thinking cap to identify an individual who merits such recognition. The award will recognize someone who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay lands and waters and whose work has had a meaningful and lasting impact on those efforts. These efforts must also have been consistent with the Alliance’s mission of fostering partnerships and building consensus to advance the cause of environmental stewardship in the watershed.

Nominees may be employees or volunteers who represent organizations, agencies or businesses, but it is the individual who will be recognized as the award recipient, not his/her organization. Only one award recipient will be selected each year. He/she should be held in the highest esteem and his/her accomplishments should be uniquely noteworthy and distinguished.

Philanthropy alone will not qualify someone for this award, but may be part of his/her commitment to the environment.

Nomination materials and forms may be obtained by calling the Alliance office at 410-377-6270, or visiting www.acb-online.org. Nominations must be submitted by June 15.

The winner will be announced at the Alliance’s annual Taste of the Chesapeake gala on Oct. 14 in Annapolis, MD.

Alliance Opportunities

Coover Park invasive plant removal

The Alliance is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive plants and restore buffers April 20-22 at Coover Park near Dillsburg, PA.

A workshop and training session is scheduled 4-7:30 p.m. April 6 at Messiah College. A light supper will be provided.

The Pennsylvania office of the Alliance, the Dillsburg Jaycees, the Land Logics Group and Messiah College are partners on this project. For information, call 717-737-8622.

Citizen monitoring recertification

A recertification session  for the Citizen Monitoring Program is scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

All trained Alliance citizen monitors should attend. Registration is required. For information, contact Stacey Moulds at 804- 775-0951 or smoulds@acb-online.org or visit www.acb-online.org/events.cfm.

Loch Raven Tree Planting

Join the Alliance and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 and 29 when they plant trees at Loch Raven.

Participants should wear sturdy boots and clothes that can get muddy. All tools, and refreshments, will be provided.

For information, contact David Greene at david_greene@ipswitch.com or call 410-769-9556. The plantings are part of the Constellation Energy- Carbon Sequestration partnership.

Canoe Creek State Park

Learn how invasive plants enter the landscape, why they're bad for the habitat and what to do about them at an invasive plant removal workshop 9 a.m. to noon April 15 in the Education Center at Canoe Creek State Park near Hollidaysburg, PA.

To register and receive a free information packet, call the park office at 814-695-6807 by April 12.

The Alliance's partners in this project are Canoe Creek and Juniata Audubon.

East Pennsboro plants workshop

The Alliance and the East Pennsboro Environmental Advisory Council are offering an invasive plants workshop 7-9 p.m. May 3 at the East Pennsboro Township Building in Enola, PA.

Learn about the impact of invasive plants and how to identify them in the field. A follow-up workday will take place at one of the township parks.

For information, call 717-737-8622.

BayScaping seminar, tour

Join the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery and the Alliance for a free BayScaping Seminar & Tour, 9-11 a.m. May 20. Discover how low-maintenance BayScapes are beneficial to the whole community and local wildlife.

Participants will learn about the region's native plants and how they affect water quality, as well as tour the cemetery's BayScape gardens, which were installed in 2005 and 2006 by local volunteers.

Refreshments will be provided. This event takes place, rain or shine. Participants must RSVP to the Alliance by calling 410-377-6270 or e-mailing kdowling@acb-online.org.

Susquehanna Sojourn

The Susquehanna Sojourn will celebrate its Sweet 16 voyage with a nine-day paddle, June 14-22, from Berwick, PA, to Safe Harbor Dam, PA.

Join the Alliance at Berwick, PA, to paddle on the North Branch down to its confluence with the West Branch at Sunbury, then onto the main branch of the Susquehanna and down the river to Harrisburg.

Sojourners will take time to explore some of the largest islands in this section of the river, while keeping watch for the nesting eagles above Duncannon.

The Alliance is scouting new camping sites and will be presenting plenty of new, exciting programs to inspire even veteran sojourners.

For information, contact Deborah Rudy: drudy@acb-online.or

Patuxent Sojourn
This year's Patuxent Sojourn, June 15-20, will begin at King's Landing Park in Huntingtown, MD and end at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, MD.

It will be packed with educational interpretation, exploration and a healthy dose of leisure time to simply enjoy the river. Historical, environmental and cultural resources abound, with possible stops at Greenwell State Park, Sotterly Plantation and more.

Partners include the Patuxent Riverkeeper, Maryland National Capitol Parks and Planning Commission, Anne Arundel County Sierra Club and the Amphibious Horizons outfitters.
For information, contact Kate Dowling at kdowling@acb-online.org