Can we incentivize private landowners to shift to eco-smart landscapes and sustainable resource management practices to restore and protect the Prettyboy watershed and reservoir? This valuable component of Baltimore’s water supply system depends on a healthy business ecosystem of forests, meadows, farms, homes. and sustainable enterprise. The Prettyboy Resource Collaborative is a bold and innovative model that seeks to help private landowners shift to eco-smart landscapes to help save money, generate income and gain access to resources and expertise currently not available.
Example solutions include shifting from lawns to meadows and forests, managing forests toward more diverse, and healthy ecosystems, controlling deer overpopulation to generate economic, environmental and social benefits within and outside the Prettyboy watershed. Joe has played a pivotal role in helping diverse stakeholders define their shared vision, talents, resources, needs, opportunities, challenges and goals by using Business Ecology as a Success Framework for the PRC.