VMN CE Webinar: Partnering to Increase the Availability and Use of Native Plants
From Michelle Prysby
Description: Interested in learning more about native plants and engaging others in your community to increase native landscapes? Be part of a growing state-wide regional native plant marketing campaign initiative! This webinar will provide a brief overview of the efforts of the Virginia CZM Program and its partners to build demand for native plants, to increase the supply of native plants, and create and showcase places where people can visit and see natives at their best. We will highlight the critical role that community leaders play in their regions, using the Plant NOVA Natives campaign as an example. There are numerous opportunities to join us and contribute to existing and developing campaigns (in Northern Virginia, the Richmond area, and Southeast Virginia and on the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore). We would be excited if a Master Naturalist Chapter were interested in initiating the next regional campaign.
Virginia Witmer has been the Outreach Coordinator for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the last 22 years. She is responsible for coordinating all facets of the program's communication strategy from publications, website management and media relations to exhibits, workshops and campaigns, such as the regional native plant campaigns and the state-wide Virginia Native Plant Marketing Partnership.
Margaret Fisher is a Fairfax Master Naturalist and one of the organizers of the Plant NOVA Natives campaign. She is also a certified stream monitor, volunteer site leader for the Fairfax Invasive Management Area program, and Audubon-at-Home ambassador.
Joanne Hutton is an Arlington Regional Master Naturalist, as well as an Extension Master Gardener. She is an Audubon-at-Home Ambassador and maintains a demonstration shady native plant garden at a nearby park. She serves on the steering committee for the Plant NOVA Natives campaign, and helped edit its Guide.