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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Urban Farming on The Rise

Chesapeake Conservation Partnership members work to conserve farms, forests, habitat, heritage and human health. One key goal is "protecting the Chesapeake watershed’s productive farms and prime farmland from conversion and securing space for urban farming to ensure permanent, sustainable ‘close to home’ sources of food for the region’s population and to support the economic and cultural value of our working farms and farmers." The Baltimore Sun reports this week that urban farming is looking to grow in our region in the coming year. Gotham Greens, headquar...

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More Rivers of the Chesapeake Conservation Success

On April 24, 2018 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired 51 acres as an addition to the James River National Wildlife Refuge in Prince George County, Virginia. Known as “Osprey Nest,” the purchase was made possible through the Rivers of the Chesapeake Land and Water Conservation Fund Collaborative, an initiative of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership. With a quarter mile of frontage on the historic James River, the property permanently protects habitat used by its namesake species, the osprey, and numerous other migratory birds. The refuge lies in the ...

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Kids (and some adults) Speak about Conservation

Take seven and a half minutes to start your day with some inspiration! You won't be disappointed. Lancaster County Conservancy, in partnership with Susquehanna Heritage, produced a compelling video on conservation along the lower Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. A number of kids from Wrightsville (PA) Elementary School are featured, along with adults and organizations participating in the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership. Their words will remind you of why we are all engaged in this work. The scenery is pretty great too! Watch here.

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New Report on the State of Landscape Conservation Initiatives

The Network for Landscape Conservation has released a summary report of its 2017 survey of landscape conservation initiatives throughout North America. The survey, in which the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership participated, was designed to collect information on the state of practice of landscape conservation across North America. The summary report presents the results and analysis that emerged from the collective body of data, providing key insights on the current state of landscape conservation, and on important trends. Read the report to learn more.

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Anacostia Rising

Here's a great article and audio-visual experience produced by Washington D.C. public radio station WAMU on a new day for the Anacostia River. It's a reminder of the history embedded in our Chesapeake landscapes, the connection with communities, and the opportunities for renewal. Though a significant Chesapeake tributary, the Anacostia has been known by various nicknames: "the forgotten river," or simply "one of the most polluted rivers in the United States." Now Washington D.C. is rediscovering the long-neglected waterway. Rowers, kayakers and stand-up paddlers are ...

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The Future of Birds in Our National Parks

As our climate changes, the bird species we see in our national parks will change, too. On average, one-quarter of bird species found in a given national park could be completely different by 2050 if carbon emissions continue at their current pace. At Shenandoah, the Chesapeake watershed's largest national park, up to 41 bird species may no longer find suitable habitat by 2050. New research, led by the National Audubon Society and National Park Service and published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, underscores the need to safeguard and manage protected lands for ...

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Fish Habitat Needs Questionnaire

Dear Partners, The CCP is helping the Chesapeake Bay Program's Fish Habitat Workgroup prepare for an intensive STAC two-day workshop planned for April of this year.  We are asking willing partners to please complete and share the following Fish Habitat Needs Questionnaire with an appropriate person or organization, preferably before March 16th but no later than March 23rd.   Gina Hunt, Fish Habitat Coordinator at the Chesapeake Bay Program, is coordinating this effort. The primary goal for the workshop is to inform the development of a Regional Fish ...

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VaULT Alert about Critical Land Conservation Funding

Virginia's United Land Trusts shared some troubling news that calls for immediate action. The House and Senate subcommittee released reports about mitigation money that are bad for conservation, several of the harmful amendments stemming from a misunderstanding of these funds.  Virginia has well established land conservation policies that emphasize geographic distribution of money.  The mitigation money referenced in the subcommittee reports goes to mitigate mercury pollution in the Shenandoah Valley; power lines across Jamestown; and pipelines through our most ...

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