A Tale of Two Trails

A Tale of Two Trails

Photo by Maksim Shutov on Unsplash As cooler fall weather approaches a lot of people are expected to be eager for outdoor adventures. Travel to distant destinations may still be constrained by COVID-19 restrictions but there are plenty of opportunities for enjoying...
Recognizing Tribal Sovereignty

Recognizing Tribal Sovereignty

Dancers don regalia to perform at a powwow;Credit: National Park Service What comes to mind when you read the words “Sovereign Nations of Virginia?” Curiosity? Puzzlement, perhaps? Or maybe you are well aware that there are indeed seven sovereign nations that exist...
Shifting Streams

Shifting Streams

Photo by Owen Rupp on Unsplash The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in August of this year generated a great deal of press attention to likely consequences of a warming atmosphere. Generally, we usually think of climate change...
100 Years of Stories

100 Years of Stories

Ranger Betty Reid Soskin sits in front of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front NationalHistorical Park Visitor Education Center. NPS Photo, Luther Bailey Amelia Lowe, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member at Chesapeake Conservancy Tell the stories. And tell them...
Weaving a Stronger Web

Weaving a Stronger Web

Image: Photo by NASA on Unsplash Using Networks of Networks in Conservation “Multiscalar networks – networks that cross levels or layers – are what turns innovation into widespread systemic transformation” 1 While networking is a common term...
Mapping a Greener Future for All

Mapping a Greener Future for All

Image: The lines that shape our cities (arcgis.com) Maps and storymaps shaping conservation married with social concerns “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” 1 In our last Lightning Update, we covered some essential sources of data that many in the...
Data Charts Our Course

Data Charts Our Course

People’s Climate March NYC 2014. Photo: Susan Melkisethian The intersection of geospatial information and issues of environmental justice is a rapidly expanding field, with an increased level of interest in recent years. A variety of tools exist at a local and...
Hot Hot Hot! Global Warming Red Alert

Hot Hot Hot! Global Warming Red Alert

Photo: Wiki Commons On August 9, 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report describing the inevitable and devastating impacts of climate change. This report was not the first to warn of impending doom, but it certainly...
Eyes in the Skies for Easement Monitoring

Eyes in the Skies for Easement Monitoring

High-Resolution Data: To the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), precision conservation means doing projects at the right place, the right scale, the right size, and the right time. This movement is redefining how landscape conservation is...
A Really Big Deal

A Really Big Deal

This view of Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, DC shows many of the kinds of green and grey infrastructure included in this really big deal.Credit: Georgetown BID Almost everyone agrees that our nation desperately needs major investments in repairing and...