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Public Access Site Development

The Chesapeake Bay watershed is rapidly urbanizing. More than eleven million people live in metropolitan areas, but few have the chance to interact with the region’s waters, forests and open lands. Despite this trend—or perhaps because of it—residents increasingly seek opportunities to connect with the outdoors. Multiple studies continue to document this high public demand for public access points, and meeting this demand will foster a feeling of shared responsibility for the region’s resources among its residents.

Outcome(s)

Public Access Site Development By 2025, add 300 new public access sites, with a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing, where feasible.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)

Lead Workgroup

Public Access Planning Team

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)

Participating Partners

State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
National Park Service (NPS)
State of West Virginia
State of Maryland

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Contact(s)

Amy Handen, Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Team Coordinator
(410) 260-2493
410 Severn Avenue
Suite 314
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
amy_handen@nps.gov

Upcoming Meetings

Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Steering Committee Meeting

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

Location:

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

Details:

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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Past Meetings


Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Annual Meeting

October 13, 2016
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:

National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
Shepherdstown, WV

Details:

What is required collectively and individually to “bend the curve” and increase acres conserved and other conservation outcomes? Federal and state partners discuss the status of funding mechanisms available to expand on approaches for increasing revenue for land conservation.

Related Files:

Sponsor: Chesapeake Conservation Partnership

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

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Public Access Action Team Meeting, November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location:

NPS Large Conference Room
410 Severn Ave suite 314
Annapolis, MD

Conference Line- 866-704-1637
Password: 269490

Details:

Reviewing management strategies and progress towards the 300 site goal, setting up the process for this year's (2016) new site count, and review any issues/thoughts for advancing public access in the coming year. Some topics of particular interest include development of boat-in campsites and providing access for a diverse population. Other thoughts: What challenges are we facing in creating new public access sites?

Related Files:

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

Sponsor: Public Access Planning Team

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