Bobby Whitescarver Named Chesapeake Champion

(Watch Bobby Whitescarver’s inspiring, and entertaining, acceptance speech. Shot in HD, so be sure to select.)

Hats off to our partner and stalwart board member, Bobby Whitescarver, for being honored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay as the Watershed Champion of the Year for 2016. Bobby accepted the award at the Alliance’s 45th anniversary celebration in Annapolis, Md., September 15. Also honored was Tom Schueler, who received the Environmental Leadership Award.

Bobby retired after a 31-year career with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, where he helped farmers all over Virginia exclude livestock from more than 500 miles of stream and has been responsible for planting over half a million trees. Now president of Whitescarver Natural Resources Management LLC, an environmental consulting firm, he is keeping up his on-the-ground work with farmers. He is also currently engaged as a consultant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Bobby teaches Natural Resource Management at James Madison University and is a freelance writer. His award-winning blog, Getting More On The Ground, offers open conversation with farmers on best management practices. Bobby and his wife Jeanne, a ninth generation farmer, also lead by example. They’ve installed buffers and watering and pasture systems on their own commercial cow-calf operation in Swoope, Virginia.

Congratulations Bobby, well deserved.

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