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Izaak Walton League Wins Grant For Conservation Landscaping Projects

October 8, 2012 Green Blog No Comments


Monday, October 8th, 2012

Annapolis, Md

By: Kristin Foringer

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Ms. Foringer will be posting on GreenGaithersburg.com to update readers about the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant award winners and grant opportunities. 

Most residents of the City of Gaithersburg are unaware that between Muddy Branch Avenue and Great Seneca Highway, tucked back in a forested area along the Muddy Branch, is the national headquarters of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA). If you are unfamiliar with this group, they are a nationwide conservation organization, founded by anglers who wanted to protect the environment they so thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to a recent grant, conservation practices will now be coming to the Gaithersburg community.

The IWLA recently received funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, an Annapolis based grant making non-profit dedicated to restoration and environmental education in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This project is designed to increase the number of homeowners in the Muddy Branch watershed who install conservation landscaping on their properties.

“Conservation landscaping involves replacing a portion of turf grass with a variety of native grasses, flowers, and shrubs. It can make our yards more beautiful while also filtering pollutants from rain water before they reach local streams and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Leah Miller, Clean Water Program Director for the Izaak Walton League. 

“The term ‘conservation landscaping’ may sound daunting, but we are basically talking about gardens with benefits. Even a small conservation garden can mean big improvements to water quality and wildlife habitat. Through this project, the Izaak Walton League will help homeowners get started with information and one-on-one assistance.”

Along with the grant to the IWLA, the Trust awarded over $516,000 in funding to 85 organizations and schools around Maryland. These projects range from environmental outdoor field trips with students on the Chesapeake Bay to large scale restoration projects along streams and rivers. All of these projects are funded by the Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake license plate, line 35 on the Maryland state income tax form, and through donations from Trust supporters.

To learn more about the Chesapeake Bay Trust and what they have funded in your area, visit  our website.

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