Conservation Partners Convene in Shepherdstown for Sixth Annual Meeting

For the last five years, non-profits, American Indian tribes, land trusts and federal and state agencies engaged in land conservation throughout the Chesapeake watershed have come together at the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership’s annual meeting. In the largest gathering to date, nearly 120 people convened at the National Conservation Training Center on October 5-6, 2015, for the sixth annual meeting. The spirit of the event—Growing the Partnership, Growing Our Impact—was reflected both in the increased attendance and the conversations around increasing diversity ...

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Meet the Partnership Q&A: Cindy Dunn

This interview series highlights the people of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership: a diverse group of individuals who have devoted their careers to conservation and share a common vision about what that can be achieved through collective partnership.  Read more about how they got started, where they are going next, and what drives them forward. Cindy Dunn was confirmed as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) on June 2, 2015, returning to the agency where she worked under three governors in multiple positions ...

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Newly Acquired Land Protects Viewshed Along Appalachian Trail in Virginia

The U.S. Forest Service has acquired 317 acres in Nelson County Virginia long-coveted for its scenic view from the Appalachian Trail. The Roanoke Times reports that the acquisition was made with $760,000 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The property was first purchased from the mountain farming Campbell family by The Conservation Fund, an effort led by Blaine Phillips who serves on the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Steering Committee. The fund was then reimbursed by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. View the full Roanoke Times article ...

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Partners Conserve Land Along the Nanticoke

A partnership between the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has led to the conservation of an important parcel of land along Wrights Creek in Sussex County, Delaware. Working together, these organizations have protected a 14-acre property that provides more than 2,500 feet of mature forested buffer for Wrights Creek, a freshwater tributary to the Nanticoke River. This property will become part of the Nanticoke Wildlife Area and connect two protected wildlife corridors that were previously separated ...

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New Report Highlights National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

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The recently released report Expanding Horizons summarizes key findings from the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC). The document and suggests next steps to move landscape scale conservation forward.  The report emphasizes the need for greater human and organizational connectivity through networking and partnership. Several members of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership joined over 650 conservation professionals from across the United States for the two-day event. The NWLLC was held on October 23-24 at the Ronald Reagan Building in ...

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Meet the Partnership Q&A: Chris Miller

Chris Miller is the President of Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). He is responsible for overall management and strategic planning for PEC, including the land conservation program, energy policy, land use policy, smart growth and transportation policies.

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President’s FY 2016 Budget Includes Significant Funding for Chesapeake Conservation

President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget was released on Monday and includes nearly $38 million dollars to fund land conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. If fully appropriated, this funding could conserve up to 7,500 acres. More than $33 million of the proposed funding is directly tied to the Rivers of the Chesapeake Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) Collaborative proposal, a bipartisan effort to preserve the great rivers of the Chesapeake Bay including the Potomac, Rappahannock, James, Nanticoke, and Susquehanna Rivers and their watersheds. ...

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Meet the Partnership Q&A: Joe McCauley

This interview series highlights the people who make up the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership.  These diverse individuals have devoted their careers to conservation and share a common vision about what that can be achieved through collaboration and partnership.  Read more about how these leaders got started, where they are going next, and what drives them forward.  Our first interview features long-time conservation champion Joe McCauley who will discuss his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Joe has 31 years of experience with the U.S. Fish and ...

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Bay Land Conservation Receives End-of-Year Boost

The end of 2014 brought good news for land conservation and public access in the Chesapeake in the form of two significant spending bills passed by Congress.  The new legislation includes funding for sites along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and a new park honoring Harriet Tubman.  To learn more, check out this article from the Bay Journal. Wishing all of our partners a very Happy New Year, and look forward to continuing to work together in 2015!

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Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Hosts Future of Agriculture Conference

Stakeholders from across the Delmarva peninsula converged at the historic Tidewater Inn in Easton on November 20th for a conversation about the future of agriculture on the shore. In the welcoming address American Farmland Trust President Andrew McElwaine discussed the growing challenges of preserving farmland.  With an acre of farmland lost every minute, over 85% of farmland is at risk particularly on the edge of sprawling cities.  Shifting demographics caused by generational transfers and the threat of climate change are also significant factors. The ...

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