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)
Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)
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
Amy Handen, Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Team Coordinator
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
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