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Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)

Scope and Purpose

With 17 million people living in the Chesapeake watershed, public participation is a vital piece of the restoration effort.  The Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team’s charge is to promote individual stewardship, support environmental education for all ages, and assist citizens, communities and local governments in undertaking initiatives to achieve restoration and conservation in the Chesapeake region. By engaging these key audiences the team hopes to reconnect the public with nature and foster a shared ownership of the Chesapeake’s diverse resources.  This approach will build public support of restoration efforts and increase citizen engagement and active stewardship.

Objectives

The Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5) is pursuing the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order (EO) 13508 goals and objectives to:

  • Conserve landscapes treasured by citizens to maintain water quality and habitat; sustain working forests, farms and maritime communities; and conserve lands of cultural, indigenous, and community value,
  • Expand public access to the Bay its tributaries through existing and new local, state and federal parks, refuges, reserves, trails and partners sites, and
  • Foster a dramatic increase in the number of citizen stewards of every age who support and carryout local conservation and restoration

  • Kristin Saunders (Chair), Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Charles Hunt (Vice-Chair), National Park Service (NPS)
  • Amy Handen (Coordinator), National Park Service (NPS)
  • Julie Walker (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • John Davy, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Jonathan Doherty, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Shannon Sprague, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

Past Meetings & Events

  • September 19, 2011 - GIT 5 Planning Meeting


    • Land Use Options Evaluation Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Land Use Options Evaluation Outcome: By the end of 2017, with the direct involvement of local governments or their representatives, evaluate policy options, incentives and planning tools that could assist them in continually improving...

      Land Use Methods and Metrics Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Land Use Methods and Metrics Outcome: Continually improve the knowledge of land conversion and the associated impacts throughout the watershed. By 2016, develop a watershed-wide methodology and local-level metrics for characterizing the...

      Diversity Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Diversity Outcome: Identify minority stakeholder groups that are not currently represented in the leadership, decision making and implementation of current conservation and restoration activities and create meaningful opportunities and...

      Environmental Literacy Planning Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Environmental Literacy Planning Outcome: Each participating Bay jurisdiction should develop a comprehensive and systemic approach to environmental literacy for all students in the region that includes policies, practices and voluntary...

      Sustainable Schools Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Sustainable Schools Outcome: Continually increase the number of schools in the region that reduce the impact of their buildings and grounds on their local watershed, environment and human health through best practices, including...

      Student Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Student Outcome: Continually increase students’ age-appropriate understanding of the watershed through participation in teacher-supported meaningful watershed educational experiences and rigorous, inquiry-based instruction, with a...

      Public Access Site Development Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Public Access Site Development Outcome: By 2025, add 300 new public-access sites, with a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing, where feasible. (2010 baseline year)

      Protected Lands Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Protected Lands Outcome: By 2025, protect an additional two million acres of lands throughout the watershed—currently identified as high conservation priorities at the federal, state or local level—including 225,000 acres of wetlands...

      Local Leadership Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Local Leadership Outcome: Continually increase the knowledge and capacity of local officials on issues related to water resources and in the implementation of economic and policy incentives that will support local conservation actions.

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      Citizen Stewardship Outcome Justification

      Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

      Citizen Stewardship Outcome: Increase the number and diversity of trained and mobilized citizen volunteers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance the health of their local watersheds.


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