Conserve landscapes treasured by citizens in order to maintain water quality and habitat; sustain working forests, farms and maritime communities; and conserve lands of cultural, indigenous and community value.
The landscapes around the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are ecologically, culturally, historically and recreationally valuable to the people and communities of the region. Stimulating, renewing and expanding commitments to conserve priority lands for use and enjoyment are integral parts of furthering the watershed’s identity and spirit.
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.
Outcome: 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: Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Contact: Amy Handen (410) 267-5793
Management Strategy: Protect Lands Management Strategy (pdf)
Logic & Action Plan: 2020 - 2021 Protected Lands Logic and Action Plan (pdf)
Land Use Methods and Metrics Development
Land use change is a local issue with regional consequences. If not understood, mitigated or otherwise planned for, land use change can affect restoration and protection efforts. Improving our understanding and tracking of these changes will allow us to share this information with local governments, elected officials and other stakeholders.
Outcome: Continually improve the knowledge of land conversion and the associated impacts throughout the watershed. By 2016, develop a watershed-wide methodology and local-level metrics for characterizing the rate of farmland, forest and wetland conversion, measuring the extent and rate of change in impervious surface coverage and quantifying the potential impacts of land conversion to water quality, healthy watersheds and communities. Launch a public awareness campaign to share this information with local governments, elected officials and stakeholders.
Lead Goal Implementation Team: Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Lead Workgroup: Land Use Workgroup
Contact: Renee Thompson (410) 267-5749
Contact: Peter Claggett (410) 267-5771
Management Strategy: 2020-2021 land use methods and metrics management strategy (pdf)
Logic & Action Plan: 2020-2021 land use methods and metrics logic and action plan (pdf)