by William C. Baker, CBF President

Forty-five years ago, I was high up in a tree, pruning dead wood. I was a part time tree surgeon. The owner of the tree, Truman Semans, a founding member of CBF, looked up and asked me: “Will, would you like to save the Bay?”

A week later, I started as an intern with CBF. Five years later, I became president. Now, in my 40th year leading CBF, I have decided to retire at the end of this year.

The sun rises over Richmond’s Pony Pasture on the James River. Photo by David Everette.

When CBF was founded more than 50 years ago, the Bay was dying. Today, because…

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Saving the Bay through restoration, advocacy, education, and litigation.

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