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  • Vote for this photo by Jack Turner

    GreenVest’s Jack Turner, one of our Ecosystem Restoration Specialists, recently entered the Maryland Department of Natural Resource’s photo contest. His photo is a finalist for Fan Favorite! This contest is based on likes, so please visit this DNR Facebook post and give Jack’s photo a thumbs up. The winning photo will be featured in their 2023 calendar! Vote for this photo by Jack Turner Here’s what Jack had to say about his photo: “I shot this photo in the woods of Montgomery County while looking for migratory birds. While I didn’t see the species I was after, I did manage…

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  • Late spring/early summer transition

    When working on our restoration and mitigation projects, Team GV leverages nature-based solutions for more environmentally friendly successes. Our passion for the environment doesn’t stop when we leave the office or job site—it continues with our own gardens at home. So, let’s ask some of Team GV, “How does your garden grow?” Laura, Project Manager “Since I moved into my house a few years ago, I have been slowly transitioning the beds to native plants and removing invasive species – an ongoing effort! Several of the plants I have added to my yard were introduced to me from working in…

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  • Tinker's Creek Stream Restoration Project

    Mattawoman Creek Mitigation Bank There are approximately 332.5 million cubic miles (over 365 quintillion gallons) of water on our planet covering about 71% of the globe. That sounds like a lot, but only about 1% is easily accessible freshwater in our rivers, streams, groundwater, and aquifers. That’s not a lot. Because humans use so much water per day for agriculture, industry, and drinking, we need to protect and care for our planet’s water supply. National Water Quality Month was founded by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005. Celebrating both the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Safe Drinking Water…

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  • Atlantic White Cedar Enhancement Area

    Atlantic White Cedar Seedling The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area is one of GreenVest’s larger Middlesex County Wetland Restoration sites on county-owned parkland in New Jersey. Along with 4 others, this 13.5-acre mitigation site was funded by the New Jersey Freshwater Wetland In-Lieu-Fee program for the Middlesex County Parks Department. Working with project partners GreenTrust Alliance and Princeton Hydro, GreenVest completed this wetland restoration and enhancement project in 2019. The project completed its third year of maintenance and monitoring this past June. Sundew Prior to restoration, the site was dominated by common reed (Phragmites australis), a highly invasive, non-native plant species…

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  • Owen McEnroe leads tour (photo: Dana Patterson from Princeton Hydro)

    Owen McEnroe leads tour (photo: Dana Patterson from Princeton Hydro) A few weeks ago, GreenVest was contacted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to lead a brief site tour of the Mullica Mitigation Bank. This 33.89-acre parcel of land in the New Jersey Pinelands Region had been degraded from years of cranberry cultivation. GV developed a mitigation bank on the property by restoring onsite wetland, riparian zone, and stream habitat. Hosted by the DEP Mitigation Unit, students from DEP’s 2022 Youth Inclusion Initiative toured multiple sites to learn more about the science and importance of mitigation. The…

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  • Building beaver dams

    Identifying a fish One of the unique aspects of the GreenVest approach is that each step of the process is informed by land. GreenVest seeks access to public and private property alike, always seeking the best opportunity for ecological uplift. The Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project is located on private property in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, including Elks Camp Barrett. Camp Barrett hosts a variety of yearly camp programs for children and adults through spring, summer, and fall. Seeking restoration opportunities on private land such as this has given GreenVest a special opportunity to contribute to environmental education and…

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  • Monarch on swamp milkweed

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the “global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.” They are the organization who, along with their member organizations and legions of experts, determine which animals are endangered or facing extinction across the globe. Monarch on swamp milkweed Just a month after we posted about celebrating and protecting pollinators across our area for National Pollinators Week, the IUCN announced that the migratory monarch butterfly is now endangered. Climate change and its effects (like increased wildfire activity and droughts), deforestation for agriculture and urban…

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  • BeaverCon 2022 logo

    Laura Kelm and BeaverCon mascot Last month GreenVest Project Manager, Laura Kelm, presented at BeaverCon, a conference about beaver conflict management and watershed restoration. This year’s theme was “Building Climate Resilience: A Nature-Based Approach” which closely reflects GreenVest’s own values. Laura presented with project partner Biohabitat’s Senior Ecologist, Joe Berg, about the beaver at the Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project. The presentation focused on how the beaver on-site facilitated the conversion of a baseflow stream channel restoration into a 0-stage channel. Restoration construction completed in Spring 2020, and beaver on-site quickly got to work making the project their own…

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  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

    Eastern Tiger Swallowtail April showers bring May flowers, the saying goes. But what do May flowers bring? They bring pollinators. Bees, butterflies, birds, and others you might not suspect (like flies, moths, beetles, bats, and small mammals) all work to pollinate plants. In fact, pollinators are necessary for the fertilization of at least 75% of the world’s flowering plants. That’s over 180,000 different types of plants, of which over 1,200 are used for food. These plants not only provide us with food, but also cleaner water, cleaner air, and more oxygen. They also help stabilize our soils and provide food…

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  • June 1st was a beautiful day for a boat tour and presentation about the Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative. Thank you to all who joined us on the excursion; these photos speak for themselves! MBRI Presentation MBRI Boat Tour MBRI Boat Tour MBRI Boat Tour MBRI Boat Tour

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