Wetlands Habitat Restoration and Water Quality for Local Communities and the Chesapeake Bay [2.26.20]


  • Guest 1: Rod Simmons, Conservation Ecologist & Biologist, Virginia Native Plant Society/Potomac Chapter
  • Guest 2: Kurt Moser, Ecologist and Director, Four Mile Run Foundation
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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks®.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet® global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks®, while creating The Emerald Mall® to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings.

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV® programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks®, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall®. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Rod Simmons, Conservation Ecologist & Biologist, Virginia Native Plant Society/Potomac Chapter, (In-Studio), Theme: “Best Management Practices for Wetlands and Streams Restoration Projects”
  • Show ‘2’: Rod Simmons, Conservation Ecologist & Biologist, Virginia Native Plant Society/Potomac Chapter, (In-Studio), Theme: “How Do Projects for Various Sized Wetlands and Streams Differ and ‘Best Practices’ Learned to Increase Success”
  • Show ‘3’: Kurt Moser, Ecologist and Director, Four Mile Run Foundation, (In-Studio), Theme: “Environmental Benefits of the Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration”
  • Show ‘4’: Kurt Moser, Ecologist and Director, Four Mile Run Foundation, (In-Studio), Theme: “The Human Dimension in Restoration at Four Mile Run”

Program Overview:

The Virginia Native Plant Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats, in order to sustain for generations to come the integrity of the Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage of ecosystems and biodiversity for purposes of enjoyment, enlightenment, sustainable use, and our own very survival. To this end, we advocate and follow practices that will conserve our natural endowment, and we discourage and combat practices that will endanger or destroy it. We are committed to do all we can to slow the accelerating conversion of natural landscape to built and planted landscape and to reduce its damage to natural ecosystems.

The Virginia Native Plant Society’s tag line is “Saving wild flowers and wild places.” That certainly covers a lot of ground! And each chapter has its own unique way of responding to the call to action. It maintains a Registry Site Program to protect places with “an exemplary occurrence of a habitat, a plant community, or a plant species. VNPS holds two annual events, a spring workshop dedicated to academic study of timely topics, climate change this year; and an annual meeting in the fall, held in different parts of the state, with speakers and field trips. Each year there are several additional extended, overnight field trips in places of special interest. There are numerous other activities, projects, and programs of interest to “Saving wild flowers and wild places.”

Four Mile Run is envisioned as a cherished community resource and a model for natural lands stewardship in an urban setting. Our mission is to promote nature, culture, and community at lower Four Mile Run through restoration, advocacy, recreation, and education. The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and volunteer organization formed in 2016 following years of community efforts to beautify and improve Four Mile Run Park.

The organization host over fifty [50] events yearly including nature and history walks, natural history presentations, and volunteer clean-up events. There are also community happy hour networking gatherings to foster greater citizen participation. Summer Internships are offered in areas such as: collecting water samples to measure the amount of microplastic pollution; cataloging wildlife cameras data as to the diversity and number of native species in the park; while community volunteers have identified and cataloged over 200 plant and animal species in the lower Four Mile Run. The new Dock Project to design, construct, and commission a floating accessible dock for non-motorized water craft is proceeding.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock, Executive Producer, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV®