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) 260-2493
Management Strategy: Protect Lands Management Strategy (pdf)
Work Plan: 2018-2019 Protected Lands (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: Final Land Use Methods and Metrics Development Management Strategy (pdf)
Work Plan: Final Land Use Methods and Metrics Work Plan (pdf)