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Land Conservation Tracking / Landscope Team

Scope and Purpose

Many different federal, state, local, private, and non-profit organizations have an interest in protecting lands throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, but in the past there has not been a watershed-wide mechanism for leveraging, coordinating, and prioritizing conservation efforts. To fill this need the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service, with the support of Fostering Environmental Stewardship Goal Team, partnered with Nature Serve to develop and build out LandScope Chesapeake. By leveraging an existing interactive platform and map viewer developed by NatureServe that brings together maps, photos, and stories, LandScope Chesapeake will serve as a tool to foster collaborative, strategic land conservation priority setting and implementation, including leveraging partner resources and capabilities to achieve mutual conservation initiatives including acreage tacking towards the protected lands goal of  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, by 2025.


  • Jonathan Doherty (Co-Chair), National Park Service (NPS)
  • Scott Phillips (Co-Chair), USGS Chesapeake Bay
  • Julie Walker (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Deanna Beacham, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Karen Bennett, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • Michael Bialousz, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)
  • Bob Carter, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Peter Claggett, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Sally Claggett, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Christine Conn, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Shelley Cooke, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Kyle Copas, NatureServe
  • Kevin Coyne, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Diane Davis, District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • Tom Ford, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)
  • Paul Hearn, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Shane Hoover, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)
  • Elizabeth Hughes, Maryland Historical Trust
  • Brent Kinal , New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Jackie Kramer, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Cassandra Ladino, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Chris Miller, Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Susan Moerschel, Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Emily Myron, National Park Service (NPS) Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Richard Phifer, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Sarah Richardson, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Kristin Saunders, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Lori Scott, NatureServe
  • Mike Slattery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Tom Smith, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Elena Stewart, Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Renee Thompson, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Ron Vickers, Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
  • John Wolf, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Other Links

  • LandScope Chesapeake - An emerging web-based, watershed-wide land conservation geographic information system that will be used to foster collaborative, strategic land conservation priority setting and implementation.


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