Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter

Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter Defenders of Soil, Air, Woods, Waters and Wildlife. [email protected]
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Operating as usual

10/27/2020

Last Friday, October 23rd, 2020 was the 85th Anniversary of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in Poolesville, MD

A large public celebration scheduled for this weekend was cancelled early in the planning process due to restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, we have no pictures to share from our 85th anniversary

Please pencil-in the end of October 2021 to join us for the 1st anniversary of our 85th birthday !!!

May it be a more carefree time for us all to come together as a community and celebrate wildlife, woodlands, and open space!

From the Montgomery Countryside Alliance (http://www.mocoalliance.org/):Greetings MoCo Agricultural Reserve Supporter,We...
10/12/2020
Action Needed: Large Scale Solar Arrays on Productive Farmland

From the Montgomery Countryside Alliance (http://www.mocoalliance.org/):

Greetings MoCo Agricultural Reserve Supporter,

We will get to what happened today at the Council on commercial solar but first - Thank You to everyone who has been following this issue and writing in to express their concerns. We now have a few more days to make the case for getting solar right in Montgomery County.

We wrote just yesterday asking that folks reiterate the need for a task force to take on this issue in light of the fact that the ZTA's backers are still insisting this proposal go ahead without the broader stakeholder engagement necessary to balance solar and forests/water quality/productive soils. Hundreds of emails flew in to the council to urge a task force process ahead of this afternoon's council work session.

The pandemic is just one of many other issues packing the Council's overflowing agenda and this ZTA will now be taken up next Tuesday (10/13). In delaying taking up the ZTA, Council President Katz announced he plans to make a resolution for a task force and ZTA sponsor Councilmember Riemer announced his position that a task force was the wrong way to go.

We brought a coalition of farmers, water quality defenders and civic groups on to zooms with the Councilmembers on this issue over the past weeks. Councilmembers expressed broad support for a task force that can chart the siting of renewable energy carefully - including incorporating the more holistic Climate Action Resilience Plan (CARP) written for the County due out in a matter of weeks.

However, proponents of the ZTA are still insisting that the measure go ahead without delay or further discussion with stakeholders, calling solar on productive farmland a moral imperative to make solar affordable for low income residents in Montgomery County.

This stance is being taken while the 3rd party electrical suppliers pushing this ZTA are under investigation for predatory practices in these same low income neighborhoods. (fact sheet here).

Take 2 minutes to make your voice heard (again) right here before Tuesday 10/13: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/solar-zta-20-01-headed-for-task-force-say-thanks-and-urge-caution/?link_id=1&can_id=96e721da4ba5817194dde2bd543fd044&source=email-solar-zta-20-01-possible-vote-tomorrow-please-take-action-today-2&email_referrer=email_949619&email_subject=solar-zta-20-01-postponed-at-the-council-still-time-to-write

Immense thanks,

Caroline Taylor
Executive Director
Montgomery Countryside Alliance

Climate Change is an emergency - let's meet this challenge with a comprehensive plan. Please take action by 2/14 Councilmember Riemer's Office has released proposed Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-01 that would allow "community solar" on up to 1800 acres in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve. W...

Listening to a pair of squirrels go to war over (Chinese) chestnuts falling from the tree right off the front porch
10/04/2020

Listening to a pair of squirrels go to war over (Chinese) chestnuts falling from the tree right off the front porch

08/17/2020

This Wednesday we have a truly unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to expand our chapter. Two years ago we were approached about acquiring three private islands in the Potomac River, and, after careful study by our Islands Committee and the Board of Governors, the last remaining step to move forward is a vote by the Membership.

Read more here: http://bcciwla.org/2020/08/potomac-river-island-vote/

07/14/2020

Who's ready to go fishing? Check out this video and leave a comment about your best memory while out casting a line!

The B-CC IWLA spoke up against the inevitable degradation  of 10 Mile Creek and with it Montgomery County's reserve wate...
07/01/2020

The B-CC IWLA spoke up against the inevitable degradation of 10 Mile Creek and with it Montgomery County's reserve water supply, when this issue originally arose several years ago

This move by developers proves once again that conservation is an ongoing effort against those who would abuse the land & resources held in long-term public trust in favor of their own short-term gains

This just in - can you write quick email by noon today? Scroll down for sample email. Thanks and sorry for imposition.😉

Clarksburg Stage 4 -Ten Mile Creek -developers seek more exceptions to standing policies in order to maximize size of their projects... in this case adequate school capacity. This affects folks in Clarksburg but more broadly... where else will these exceptions be given and to what affect on important public interest policies such as adequate infrastructure and environmental protection (per recently recommended exception to impervious surface limits requested by the same (Ashford Woods) developer.

——more———

A last minute proposal has been added for the Planning Board's consideration at the SSP schools work session on Thursday 7/2.
See:
https://montgomeryplanningboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-2024-SSP-Worksession-3-Schools-Elements_06-25-20.pdf

Proposal:

Potential Moratorium Exception Staff offers the following potential moratorium exception language for the Board’s consideration based on a suggestion from work session #1 to allow borrowing from nearby or adjacent schools:

S4.1.3 Nearby Capacity When a moratorium is imposed in a Greenfield Impact Area, the Planning Board may nevertheless approve a subdivision in the subjected area if a school located within ten network miles of the subdivision (at the same level as any school causing the moratorium) has a projected utilization rate in the current Annual School Test of no more than 110% (and less than a 55-seat deficit if at the elementary school level; less than a 90-seat deficit if at the middle school level).

Quick emails by noon today to Planning Board needed- SAMPLE

Emails needed by noon today to make it into packet.

[email protected]

Bcc - [email protected]

Subject Line: July 2 - Item 9: Say No to Harmful Developer Requested Exceptions

Dear Planning Board,

Say NO to developer requested exceptions that undermine important public policies including adequate public facilities such as schools and roads and protection of water resources. Standards for schools, roads, water protection, unlike this proposal, were developed based on sound metrics and established science and underwent full vetting and public participation.
Do not approve the requested exception.

Respectfully,

06/23/2020

Didn't come out last weekend? Check out what's going on at the Chapter!

Come out to the BCC IWLA archery range for our 3-D shoot! We are still open til 1pm.
06/21/2020

Come out to the BCC IWLA archery range for our 3-D shoot! We are still open til 1pm.

The weather this weekend is absolutely GORGEOUS!  A perfect weekend for hiking the Chapter’s trails with furry friends.
05/31/2020

The weather this weekend is absolutely GORGEOUS! A perfect weekend for hiking the Chapter’s trails with furry friends.

A helpful guide if you encounter a snake while exploring the property 🐍
05/21/2020

A helpful guide if you encounter a snake while exploring the property 🐍

Warming temperatures mean that snakes are going to be out and about. No need to be afraid, just be aware and learn how to identify them. Snakes are an important part of our ecosystem and all snakes in Maryland are protected.

There are 27 species and subspecies of snakes in Maryland. Only two are venomous - the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.

We have a great photo guide to help you identify the snakes you may see while you're out exploring. Check it out!

https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/Common-Snakes-of-Maryland-Photo-Guide.pdf

Photo of garter snake by Kerry Wixted.

05/18/2020
A Walk in the West Woods

Happy Monday! Didn't make it out to the farm this weekend? That's okay, check out this video of a walk in the West Woods!

04/23/2020

UPDATE: After considering more recent statements by the Department of Natural Resources and some other information gathered by Board members and some Committee chairs, the Board determined that turkey hunting on the Farm may proceed, if conducted pursuant to Department of Natural Resources regulations and published guidance.

http://bcciwla.org/2020/04/statement-by-pres-seaman-on-farm-activities/

04/19/2020

UPDATE:

Based on the Board's and some Committee Chairs' extensive discussions about the Governor's Executive "Stay Home" Orders, the definition of "Essential Activities" in the Order and other guidance, the Board has determined that members can access the Farm, for the purposes of the "Essential Activities" described by the Governor's Executive Order. The facilities, including the Chapterhouse, the ranges, and the portable restrooms remain closed.

Currently, turkey hunting is excluded / not permitted at the Farm.

A more detailed statement about access and the Board's determination is
available on the Chapter website.

Enjoy the Farm, stick to the social distancing protocols, and stay
healthy.

- The B-CC IWLA Board of Governors

Hi everyone, we are continuing to update on our status at this page: http://bcciwla.org/2020/04/statement-by-pres-seaman...
04/05/2020
Statement by Board of Governors Regarding Chapter Farm Closure – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

Hi everyone, we are continuing to update on our status at this page: http://bcciwla.org/2020/04/statement-by-pres-seaman-on-farm-activities/

05 Apr Statement by Board of Governors Regarding Chapter Farm Closure 0 CommentJeffrey SeamanActivities, Archery Range, Campground, Chapter House, Conservation, Events, Facilities & Grounds, Farm Cabin, Forestry, Gardens, Hunting, Membership, Our Chapter, Ponds & Streams, Ranges, Rifle/Pistol Range,...

03/24/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

The Farm is closed pursuant to Governor Hogan's Executive Order, closing all "businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors" identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Please check your email, our website and Facebook for updates. We look forward to seeing you all at the farm very soon.

03/21/2020

Every one of the chapter's 1,000 members could stand within the borders of our conservation farm ... without coming within 150ft. of each other

Let's be careful what we touch, wash our hands, and "socially distance" ourselves in the great outdoors

Tomorrow is going to be sunny & breezy in the low 50s

03/14/2020

ATTENTION MEMBERS AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS:

The monthly membership dinner on Wednesday 3/18 has been CANCELLED due to the Board's concern over the COVID-19 outbreak. An already-designated few will hold a brief meeting to maintain the consecutive meeting record.

Let's all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus. We will plan to see you all next month at the April Dinner Meeting!

Please remember that the Chapter is still open for the outdoor enjoyment of all members!

My apologies for the bargain-basement-priced model. Our experiments with embroidered chapter shirts are producing excell...
03/12/2020

My apologies for the bargain-basement-priced model. Our experiments with embroidered chapter shirts are producing excellent results

This is a cotton-poly blend golf shirt

02/27/2020

Spring - and the return of 3-D archery - is just around the corner. In the meantime, come brush up on your skills this weekend on the static range!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
02/23/2020

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

CALLING ALL COOKS: We are putting the call out to all Marylanders to submit recipes for possible inclusion in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources cookbook.

Submissions must include a list of required ingredients and amounts, specific preparation and cooking instructions, and feature a species found in Maryland.

Recipes including invasives and/or family anecdotes/history behind the recipe will be given top priority.

Send your recipes to: [email protected]

A maximum of 5 recipes per person can be submitted for review. The EXTENDED deadline for submitting recipes is: 3/31/20.

The B-CC IWLA Chapter recognizes the value of solar power in reducing reliance on fossil fuels, but the broader principl...
02/21/2020
Statement on Solar Panel Zoning Amendment – Bethesda Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

The B-CC IWLA Chapter recognizes the value of solar power in reducing reliance on fossil fuels, but the broader principles of conservation counsel against placement of large solar arrays in the Agricultural Reserve. More thought must be given to the impact to the conservation, the agriculture, and the food security that any proposed solar sites represent today

21 Feb Statement on Solar Panel Zoning Amendment 0 CommentJeffrey SeamanConservation, Our Chapter This Chapter recognizes the value of solar power in reducing reliance on fossil fuels, but the broader principles of conservation counsel against placement of large solar arrays in the Agricultural Rese...

Check out our latest article about this spring's Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting! We are partnering with the Maryland chap...
02/20/2020
Spring 2020 Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting – Bethesda Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

Check out our latest article about this spring's Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting! We are partnering with the Maryland chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation to help breed blight-resistant American Chestnuts for reintroduction to their original range in the eastern hardwood forest.

19 Feb Spring 2020 Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting 0 CommentJoe TrotterFacilities & Grounds, Forestry, Gardens, Our Chapter Blaine Elkins [email protected] On Saturday, March 21, the chapter will partner with the Maryland chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation to plant seeds from select mo...

Even in the midst of winter, our cover crops are keeping the soil healthy!
02/03/2020

Even in the midst of winter, our cover crops are keeping the soil healthy!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service
01/12/2020

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

Happy BEAR-day!

Black bears are now giving birth in Maryland. Newborn cubs generally weigh less than a pound and are about nine inches long. Cubs are born blind and have sparse hair on their bodies. Sows give birth to 1-4 cubs at a time, but one Maryland den had five cubs several years ago!

The young grow quickly as the sow's milk is rich in fat. In fact, black bear milk has a 20-25% fat content, on average, compared to human and cow milk, which is around 3-5% fat. At around two months of age, black bear cubs can upwards of five pounds.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/black-bear.aspx

The calm before yesterday’s snow ❄️
01/08/2020

The calm before yesterday’s snow ❄️

Include in your 2020 New Year's resolutions to read the seventh-most published book in the English language !!!
01/01/2020

Include in your 2020 New Year's resolutions to read the seventh-most published book in the English language !!!

We wish our chapter members and fellow members of the DC-MD-VA-WV-PA-DE community a Happy Kwanzaa !!!
12/26/2019

We wish our chapter members and fellow members of the DC-MD-VA-WV-PA-DE community a Happy Kwanzaa !!!

Merry Christmas to our members and to our neighbors in the community!Stay warm. Stay fed. Enjoy time with those who love...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas to our members and to our neighbors in the community!

Stay warm. Stay fed. Enjoy time with those who love you ...

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20601 Izaak Walton Way
Poolesville, MD
20837

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Tuesday 05:30 - 23:30
Wednesday 05:30 - 23:30
Thursday 05:30 - 23:30
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Sunday 05:30 - 23:30

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(301) 972-8913

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