Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Living Shoreline Training certificate (CBLP-Shorelines)
Living Shorelines for the Coastal Plain
CBLP-Shorelines is a comprehensive series of professional development workshops that prepares existing CBLPs and professionals working along the shoreline to add Living Shoreline services to their business offerings.
The 2022-23 CBLP-Shorelines pilot in Norfolk has been completed. The next dates for workshops- to be held in Virginia and in Maryland – will be announced in winter 2024.
Workshops are delivered in a hybrid format that combines online and classroom learning with practical field experiences. Instructors are experienced shoreline professionals from the public and private sectors. Content focuses on foundational knowledge, site assessment, planning and design, permitting, constructing, monitoring, and maintaining living shorelines projects.
The program was developed and piloted in Virginia in 2022-23 in partnership with the Living Shoreline Collaborative, a group of regional and state partners in Virginia, convened by the James River Association (JRA), and funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. Work will begin in late 2023, with funding from Maryland DNR to adapt the training for Maryland audiences.
Living Shoreline Basics may be taken as a standalone course or as a pre-requisite for the second workshop. Complete both workshops plus a living shoreline installation practicum to earn the CBLP-Shorelines certificate.
CBLPs who attended the April 2022 practicum will receive credit towards the certificate.