October 22, 2006
Chesapeake Bay Program
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Chesapeake Executive Council

Retaining and expanding forests in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is critical to our success in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Forests are the most beneficial land use for protecting water quality, due to their ability to capture, filter and retain water, as well as absorb pollution from the air. In Chesapeake 2000, we committed to Permanently preserve from development 20 percent of the land area in the watershed by 2010 and conserve existing forests along all streams and shorelines.

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