The working farms, forests and natural, historic, and cultural areas around the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are central to creating the Chesapeake’s sense of place. These landscapes connect us to deep traditions and vital economic and ecological values.
In 2010, the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, issued in response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13508, calls for “conserving landscapes treasured by citizens to maintain water quality and habitat; sustain working forests, farms and maritime communities; and conserving lands of cultural, indigenous and community value.” It includes a key outcome to protect an additional two million acres of lands by 2025.
In 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was signed. The Agreement reaffirmed and the land conservation goal and outcome contained in the Executive Order Strategy and included the identical goal and outcome commitment to conserve an additional two million acres by 2015.
The Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, a regional coalition of over 50 diverse organizations throughout the watershed, has agreed to guide and advance the implementation of the Executive order and Watershed Agreement and Conservation Goal and Outcome. The Partnership is comprised of representatives from the seven watershed jurisdictions including federal and state agencies, tribes, land trusts and conservation-focused NGOs.