Development

Another 4.5 million people are expected to live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by 2050. Where will these additional people live? How will that affect, or be affected by, land conservation efforts? This map projects where and how much development will occur between now and 2050. This map projects where and how much development will occur between now and 2050 per HUC 12 subwatershed. Today over 18 million people call the Bay watershed home. By 2050, the population will likely increase to 22.5 million. Based on historic trends, most of these people are expected to live ...

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Farmland Preservation

Preserving farmland to support working farms and food supply has long been a focus of conservation efforts in many portions of the Chesapeake watershed. And those efforts have been remarkably successful. For example, since 1989 the Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program has protected more than 500,000 acres on over 4,700 farms. Where is the capacity to support future farmland conservation? How is it concentrated? What does this suggest about where future farmland protection might be most likely or most effective? This map illustrates where ...

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Focal Areas

Where are the existing focal areas of conservation work within the Chesapeake watershed? In other words, where are the landscapes that already have an on-going recognized, dedicated effort to conserve additional lands? This map illustrates landscapes within the Chesapeake watershed are the focus of current large-scale collaborative conservation efforts. They have the following characteristics: They are fairly large and iconic in their own right (i.e. multijurisdictional, at least at the county level; recognizable and known as a landscape unit; reflecting multiple ...

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Inundation

A changing climate can have a wide range of impacts on the Chesapeake landscape. Among them are inundation and flooding associated with long-term sea level rise, changing rainfall regimes, and the impacts of major storms. In 2003, storm surge from Hurricane Isabel caused $1.2 billion (2017 USD) in damage in Maryland and the District of Columbia alone. Tropical Storm Lee created extensive flooding along the Susquehanna in 2011. Portions of lowlying cities like Norfolk and Annapolis now flood on a regular basis. Projected sea level rise will have substantial impacts to ...

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Land Trusts

The land trust community has been protecting land for multiple values for decades. Today, some 100 regional, state, and local land trusts operate in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, collectively protecting more than 1.8 million acres of land. Many land trusts have significant capacity to protect more important lands in the future. The additional capacity of strategic, national land conservation partners can help accelerate conservation in areas of shared interest. How can we get a picture of where regional and local land trust capacity is currently concentrated in ...

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Energy Infrastructure

Energy is a vital input to supporting our way of life. Yet, energy production and transmission also have the potential to adversely impact values we treasure. Harmonizing our needs with our values requires a solid understanding of both conservation goals and existing and proposed energy infrastructure. The purpose of this map is to give a comprehensive overview of the energy resources and activity in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and present this complex data in a coherent way. The map depicts known data related to energy production and infrastructure. Creating the map ...

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Reimagining the Future of Fort Monroe

What's one of the biggest historic redevelopment efforts in the Chesapeake watershed? How does its potential illustrate all the connections between urban areas, public access and land conservation? Take a look at what's happening at Fort Monroe. In 2011 President Barack Obama used the 1906 Antiquities Act to proclaim over half of the 561 site as Fort Monroe National Monument, making it part of the National Park System. Fort Monroe, one of the 19th century coastal defenses within the Chesapeake Bay, is the largest masonry fort in the nation with a rich and multifaceted ...

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Launching the Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour®

Landscape conservation requires ... people who know and care about special places, of course! This past Saturday, the National Park Service, Chesapeake Conservancy and Susquehanna Heritage welcomed over 150 geocachers to launch the Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour®. The GeoTour® complements the partnership website FindYourChesapeake.com and takes adventurers to sixty Chesapeake places to search for and locate specially marked containers with trinkets and code words inside. A participant earns a unique geocoin after recording 20 place-specific code words in the Find Your ...

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Big Pennsylvania Forest Conservation News

Sometimes news from just outside the Chesapeake watershed is pretty important -- and this is one of those times. Last week, The Conservation Fund announced the purchase of the 32,598 acre Clarion Junction Forest in Pennsylvania's Elk and McKean counties. This working forest lies in the Clarion River watershed, which flows to the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. But it is also within the Pennsylvania Wilds, one of the Commonwealth's major Conservation Landscape initiatives. About half of the huge Pennsylvania Wilds lies within the Susquehanna and Chesapeake watersheds. ...

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Urban Through-Hiking!

"Like the Appalachian Trail but with More Stoplights" Chesapeake Conservation Partnership members often have conversations about making the connection between urban areas and landscape conservation. After all, many of the watershed's 18 million citizens live in the metro areas of Norfolk, Richmond, Washington DC, Baltimore and Harrisburg. And we have a goal of "providing people access to parks and trail networks within walking and biking distance of their homes and communities." There are dozens of exciting homegrown efforts to make the urban-landscape connection, ...

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