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Land conservation conference, fracking lecture, and other Maryland green events

Many of the chemicals used in fracking are toxic to humans and animals.
Many of the chemicals used in fracking are toxic to humans and animals.
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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to pot trees at the Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro on April 1, 2, and 3. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will pot tree and shrub saplings in 3-gallon pots. The saplings belong to native species and will eventually be used in environmental restoration projects throughout the Bay watershed. To learn more, contact Carmera Thomas at or (443) 482-2156.

The Maryland Sierra Club seeks volunteers for the Barberry and Rose Removal Event at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area on April 1. The hours are 9 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will help remove invasive plants, particularly Japanese barberry and multiflora rose. Volunteers should wear long sleeves. Spine-proof work gloves will be provided. To learn more, contact Marc Imlay at (301) 442-5657 or

Bethesda Green will have its happy hour at Caddies on Cordell on April 3. The hours are 5 - 8 p.m. The night's theme will be "Support Your Local Watershed," and attendees can meet representatives from the Rock Creek Conservancy and other watershed groups. Drinks and appetizers will be available. Admission costs $10.00. To learn more, e-mail

Retrofit Baltimore and the Columbia Association are holding an energy efficiency meeting at the Stayton House in Columbia on April 3. It will run from 7 - 8 p.m. Attendees will learn how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Retrofit Baltimore will also help people choose the best and most reliable contractors for refurbishing their homes and how to take advantage of government incentives. To learn more, contact Paul Cole at or (410) 929-6257.

The 14th Annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference will be held at the Claggett Center in Adamstown on April 3 and 4. The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be workshops and fieldtrips. Joe Gill, the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will deliver the keynote address. For more information, contact Michelle Grafton at (410) 533-4627 or

The Loyola Maryland Community is offering a lecture, "The Fracking of America: Ethics and Impact," at Loyola University in Baltimore on April 3. It will run from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The speaker, Sandra Steingraber, is a biologist, poet, and investigative reporter. She is a columnist for Orion Magazine and has been called "the new Rachel Carson" by the Sierra Club. To learn more, visit

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