Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Northeast Region

Check out these websites…

To learn more about BayScapes, habitats, native plants, invasive plants and related topics, check out these sites. Every effort has been made to keep this list as current as possible. You can help by contacting the Web Manager if you know of a change, or discover a broken link.

Programs, Organizations, Plants, and more…

Alliance for Chesapeake Bay (BayScapes page and online factsheets):

National Wildlife Federation (NWF):

NWF's Backyard Habitats Program:

NWF's Schoolyard Habitats Program:

Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Backyard Conservation program (similar to BayScapes principles):

The Wild Ones, an organization of natural landscapers:

The Wild Ones Handbook ("how to" garden for wildlife):

Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Technical Assistance Resources, and more…

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service & National Park Service's Plant Invaders of Mid Atlantic Natural Areas:

Native Plant Conservation Initiative:

Plant Invaders (Alien Plants Working Group):

The Nature Conservancy (TNC),Bbackyard Invasives:

Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR):

Maryland DNR's Natural Heritage information, with links to state threatened and endangered species lists:

Maryland DNR's invasive and exotic species:

U.S. Dept of Agriculture—Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Plants Projects, with links to PLANTS database (data and pictures), VegSpec plants guide, and more:

USDA-NRCS National Plant Materials Center—offers plant species factsheets, plant and seed source information, publications, and may add plant/seed vendors:

Maryland Native Plant Society:

Flora of Virginia Project:

Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora:

Virginia Native Plant Society:

VNPS's Invasive Aliem Plant:

Introduced, Invasive, and Noxious Plants (USDA):

830 woody wetland plants, Univ. of California, Berkeley:

Virginia Dept of Forestry:

Plant America, a search engine that finds plant-related sites:

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center—info and links regarding native wildflowers, other native plant organizations, native plant events, and more:

Butterfly gardening—use your preferred search engine to find one of many "butterflies" sites. One example is
The Butterfly Website at:

BioControl Network (Integrated Pest Management):

MD Cooperative Extension Home & Garden Information Center:

Howard County (Maryland) Master Gardeners (and Louisa Thompson's "Primer On Native Plant Ecology and Gardening") at

MD Cooperative Extension—Bay Issues, Native Plants, BayWise Gardening:

Aquatic Nuisance Species:

Chesapeake Bay Information, and more...

EPA Chesapeake Bay Program:

U.S. Army's Chesapeake Bay Program info:

Army publication, "Restoring and Protecting the Chesapeake Bay— A Dept of Defense Initiative:

Watershed protection techniques (professional journal):

Chesapeake Bay Trust (grants from MD State tax checkoff funds):

Poplar Island Restoration Project:

Schoolyard Habitats, Community Programs, Environmental Education, and more...

National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitats Program (with links to MANY other similar initiatives):

Community-based ecology site (Evergreen Foundation, Canada): (this is also a schoolyard habitats resource)

Wicked Big Puddles / Student Vernal Pool Association:

Renewable Energy Education Program, Solar Energy International:

National Library for the Environment—contains free, useful information resources:
1. Current objective, nonpartisan issue reports;
2. Environmental Education Programs and Resources;
3. Environmental Laws—local, state, federal and international;
4. An in-depth resource on Population-Environment Linkages;
5. A Virtual Library of Ecology and Biodiversity;
6. Information on environmental conferences and meetings;
7. Environmental Careers and Jobs

List compiled by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, updated August 2004
—call (410) 573-4593 for more BayScapes info.

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Last updated: July 6, 2016