“If we want Green Infrastructure to succeed, we need an army of Landscape Professionals to create and maintain Functional and Aesthetic projects.”–Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and University of Maryland Extension.
The Chesapeake Landscape Certification is under development by a consortium headed by the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension, Wetlands Alliance, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Virginia Habitat Partners among many others.
The certification is focused on small-scale green infrastructure and is currently in the development phase with pilots in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia planned for 2015-2016 and expansion to other Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions in 2017.
The target audience includes a bevy of conservation landscape professions: Designers of small-scale conservation landscapes, installation professionals and maintenance professionals. The program will ensure that governments relying on green infrastructure stormwater features to manage runoff will be able to rely on trained professionals. Property owners hiring design, installation and maintenance professionals will also be assured the companies and individuals they employ are trained.
If you want to learn more, attend Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council’s Turning a New Leaf Conference on November 12-13, 2015 at the Sheraton Baltimore, Towson, MD. Seminars will teach how to create landscapes that work with natural resources. There will also be talks on native plants, landscape maintenance, design, soils, hydrology and stormwater.
NewTerrain Enewsletter July 30, 2015