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  • Long-tailed salamander in its natural habitat.

    Long-tailed salamander in its natural habitat Every Spring, special pools blossom into existence fed by melting winter snow and seasonal rains. These vernal pools (from the Latin vernalis meaning “of the spring”) provide a host of environmental services to any habitat in which they form. Long-tailed salamander in hand. Amphibians especially love vernal pools, as they are safer places (i.e., less aquatic predators due to the pools’ temporary nature) to mate and lay eggs, and for those eggs to hatch and develop into a new generation of adults. Just like last year, one of GreenVest’s Vice Presidents, Brian Cramer, did…

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  • Beaver dam on top of log jam

    Log jam With each new stream restoration project, we employ a variety of techniques to bring the stream and its surrounding ecosystem back to health. For the Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project, we used a ‘lighter touch’ approach that leveraged on-site materials to create structures that raised the water surface elevation and reconnected the stream to its floodplain. With these higher water elevations, the stream can once again access the floodplain, spreading out and slowing down storm flows while ‘rehydrating’ the previously drained soils and historic wetlands adjacent to the stream channels. Our nature-based approach to stream restoration greatly…

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  • Doug Lashley at ECOS meeting

    On April 4, GreenVest Managing Member, Doug Lashley, spoke on a panel in Ashville, NC at the Spring Meeting of the Environmental Council of States (ECOS). The panel was moderated by Ben Grumbles, who serves as both the President of ECOS and the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Environment. Doug Lashley on a panel at the Spring Meeting of ECOS The panel discussion dealt with how States can strategically engage in and address pressing environmental challenges, including how to take advantage of innovative financing functions and public-private partnerships. Specific points of interest included game-changing federal investment in infrastructure programs,…

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  • prince George's County FEMA

    GreenVest was proud to present at Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM’s) recent workshop providing information to prospective 2022 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance applicants. GV, a certified Prince George’s County-Based Small Business was invited to speak by the agency after assisting the County’s Department of the Environment with developing several of these grant applications in 2021. GV presented on the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA). We introduced its basic concepts and discussed the BCA process, illustrating our presentation with the results of two real-world projects. This workshop provided information on requirements and guidance to those who…

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  • bird about to fly at a Greenvest LLC restored site

    Earlier this month, Jack “Wildlife” Turner—one of Team GV’s Ecosystem Restoration Specialists and a talented wildlife photographer—contributed a guest post to The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The Alliance has been working for over half a century to educate, protect, and restore our magnificent Chesapeake Bay. Jack’s blog highlighted ten of his favorite species that call the Chesapeake Bay home. From butterflies to raptors to the red fox, Jack has not only captured some very dynamic portraits of our natural neighbors, but also shared a bit of information about each animal. Head over to The Alliance’s website to read all…

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  • pi day at Greenvest LLC

    Happy Pi Day! GreenVest celebrated yet another Pi Day and was thrilled to be able to do so safely and in person after celebrating at home in 2021. Celebrating Pi Day means coming together, reciting the digits of pi, and paying special attention to the circles we overlook every day. At GreenVest, we enjoyed pizza pie for lunch, followed by decadent dessert pies. It was a wonderful way to catch up with colleagues who have been working remotely and in the field while enjoying some circular confections. On March 14, 1988, Larry Shaw, a physicist at the San Francisco Exploratorium,…

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  • Bacon Ridge Stream Restoration Project class

    GV Restoration Specialist Jack Turner and Stream Scientist Laura Kelm Two members of Team GreenVest—Stream Scientist Laura Kelm and Restoration Specialist Jack Turner—hosted a group of the Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) Spring Conference attendees and WSA staff at GreenVest’s Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project on Monday, February 21. The weather was perfect for a walk in the woods to learn about this innovative project and observe it in action. Crossing the Bacon Ridge Branch Stream GreenVest and our project partners approached the Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project with a ‘lighter touch’ approach, utilizing materials sourced on…

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  • Greenvest elementary school lesson about conservation

    Recently GreenVest Ecologist Bobby Miller spoke to a local third grade class about stream restoration and how GreenVest brings innovative methodology to the field of environmental restoration. Bobby discussed his most rewarding project – the Tinkers Creek Stream Restoration Project in Temple Hills, MD – with the students, elaborating on how GreenVest constructs, maintains, and monitors stream restoration jobs.Bobby began his presentation with the students in the same way most GreenVest projects commence: by identifying a site. He showed them various examples of failing stream channels and explained the various inputs which can cause a stream to fail. The presentation…

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  • Skyline of Middle Branch stream restoration project

    Middle Branch with skyline Earlier this year, GreenVest began work on a project in Baltimore City’s outer harbor that will set immense social and environmental impact into motion. After years of planning, building partnerships, and engaging stakeholders, we are incredibly proud to have the first element of the Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative (MBRI) underway. The MBRI is a comprehensive set of shoreline protection, marsh re-establishment, and stormwater management projects located throughout the Middle Branch shoreline. The MBRI will generate community resilience to climate change and sea level rise in several neighborhoods in South Baltimore, which have complex histories fraught with…

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  • GreenVest Cookie Exchange cookies

    On Friday, the GreenVest staff got in the holiday spirit with a festively clad team lunch and cookie exchange! We enjoyed our pizza in the unusually warm December weather on the office balcony. Following lunch, everyone brought out their favorite holiday cookies and an empty container, and the swapping began! Everyone who was able to attend was sent home with an array of holiday sweets to share with their family and friends. Congratulations are in order for Sarah, who was voted Most Festive, winning herself a gift card to Target! Check out the photos below to see some of the…

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