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Protected Lands

The human population in the Chesapeake Bay watershed continues to grow. The development and land conversion this growth implies are among the top stressors the Bay ecosystem will face, and are threats to its restoration and protection. One way to combat the loss of forests, wetlands and other habitats is to permanently protect these lands from development.


Protected Lands 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.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)

Participating Partners

State of Delaware
State of Maryland
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
National Park Service (NPS)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
U.S. Department of Transportation

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Amy Handen, Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Team Coordinator
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Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

Diversity Themed Stewardship GIT Meeting

May 25, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Fish Shack, CBPO


Stewardship GIT leads will discuss and evaluate the topics for collaboration that were raised by each of the workgroups in the individual meetings that have been held over the past month. Using these topics, the group will craft an agenda for a full Stewardship GIT meeting comprised of all workgroup members focused to take place tentatively the summer of 2017.

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Sponsor: Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)

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Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Steering Committee Meeting

March 30, 2017
10:00 am - 2:30 pm


REI, 201 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA


Steering Committee Members of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership will convene in Washington D.C. to brief on recent Partnership activities, provide an update on recent progress on conservation mapping, and look for ways to increase revenue and engage new partners moving forward.

Sponsor: Chesapeake Conservation Partnership

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