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Craig Highfield

Foresters’ conflicted love for red maple highlights its various roles

Over the many years that I have been interacting with our region’s forest practitioners and enthusiasts, I have observed that many of us harbor a profound and deep emotional relationship to particular tree species.

These emotions run the gamut from effusive adoration to downright animosity. Some species are almost unanimous in the passions that they invoke; from the pleasing...

Learn how you can leave a legacy rooted in conservation

“A society grows great when old men (and women) plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

I ran across this Greek proverb a while back.

Although it has broader societal implications for sure, as a tree enthusiast, I can’t help narrowly interpreting it for the work we in the conservation community engage in on private family-owned forestlands. We invest...

Leave a legacy for Chesapeake forests – plant oak trees

As spring finally arrived with its much-anticipated warmth and vibrant color, our oaks, the great statesmen of our Eastern deciduous forests, again waited patiently to break dormancy. It is as if they somehow understand their significance while choosing to remain wise and humble.

Oaks (genus Quercus) have served a prominent role in our landscape for the last 10,000 years,...

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

In the late 1990s, I moved to Maryland to teach in a public middle school, a career that I thoroughly enjoyed before being drawn into in the environmental world.

Awards honor those who have protected watershed’s forests

What if we could build a machine that could remove chemicals and dirt from the air and water; suck up CO2 from the atmosphere and store it for 50 years or more; organically filter runoff; recycle pollutants; cool our communities; and reduce energy consumption? And, what if this machine could do all of these things without using electricity or fossil fuel and at minimal cost to...

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Plant a tree - it just might save a fish

Spring is a great time to focus our attention on our environment. Days are getting longer, plants are budding and the sound of birds is once again filling the morning air.

It seems that whenever we hear about the Chesapeake Bay these days, the topic is water quality or the crabs, oysters and fish that are an iconic part of the Bay estuary.

Much of the...

Save the forests and you might save the Bay

This month marks the completion of my first year coordinating the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Forestry for the Bay, an education and outreach program that promotes sustainable forest management to private landowners.

Although I have been steeped in Bay issues for many years, 2008 has given me the opportunity to delve into an area that I believe has not received enough...

About Craig Highfield

Rob Etgen is president of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.


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