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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 increase citizen action, support environmental education for all ages, and assist citizens, communities and local governments in undertaking initiatives to conserve treasured landscapes. 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 and conservation efforts and increase citizen engagement and active stewardship.

The Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5) is pursuing the 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement goals and objectives to:

Stewardship Goal: Increase the number and diversity of local citizen stewards and local governments that actively support and carry out the conservation and restoration activities that achieve healthy local streams, rivers and a vibrant Chesapeake Bay.

  • 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.

Public Access Goal: Expand public access to the Bay and its tributaries through existing and new local, state and federal parks, refuges, reserves, trails and partner sites.

  • 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.

Environmental Literacy Goal: Enable students in the region to graduate with the knowledge and skills to act responsibly to protect and restore their local watershed.

  • 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 target of at least one meaningful watershed educational experience in elementary, middle and high school depending on available resources.
  • 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-led protection and restoration projects.
  • 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 metrics that support the environmental literacy Goals and Outcomes of this Agreement.

Land Conservation Goal: Conserve landscapes treasured by citizens in order to maintain water quality and habitat; sustain working forests, farms and maritime communities; and conserve lands of cultural, indigenous and community value.

  • 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 and 695,000 acres of forest land of highest value for maintaining water quality.

  • Charles Hunt (Chair), National Park Service (NPS)
  • Amy Handen (Coordinator), National Park Service (NPS)
  • Julie Walker (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Jamie Baxter, Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Russ Baxter, Virginia Office of Natural Resources
  • Jessica Blackburn, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Diane Davis, District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • John Davy, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Bill Dennison, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
  • Jonathan Doherty, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Jack Farster, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mary Gattis, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Alana Hartman, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • Shannon Sprague, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Phillip Stafford , Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Ann Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Albert Todd, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Julie Winters, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Upcoming Events

    8/3/15 Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship GIT coordination meeting

    Location

    NPS Large Conference Room
    410 Severn Ave suite 314
    Annapolis MD

    Conference line- 866-704-1637
    Password- 269490

    Date / Time:

    August 3, 2015
    12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Details:

    Monthly coordination meeting


9/14/15 Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship GIT coordination meeting

Location

NPS Large Conference Room
410 Severn Ave suite 314
Annapolis MD

Conference line- 866-704-1637
Password- 269490

Date / Time:

September 14, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Details:

Monthly coordination meeting


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.

      ...

      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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