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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Partner Spotlight: Zimmerman Center Enhancement Project

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The Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area (SGHA) is a designated Pennsylvania Heritage Area serving Lancaster and York Counties. SGHA’s special focus is the Susquehanna River, with a mission to enhance quality of life and economic vitality by promoting preservation, conservation, and interpretation of the river’s cultural and natural heritage. SGHA helps lead the Lower Susquehanna Conservation Landscape Initiative, manages the Susquehanna River Water Trail, and supports development of the Susquehanna Heritage Park, a network of recreation and historic sites along the ...

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Experience the New LandScope Chesapeake

Users of the LandScope Chesapeake system will now enjoy a sleeker, faster, more modern user interface with a host of upgrades.   This free, publicly accessible web application enables decision-makers, practitioners, and citizens within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to work together toward shared land protection goals. “We’ve rebuilt LandScope from the ground up to allow for faster map-drawing, more efficient data and multimedia publishing, and a more intuitive user interface—but most of all, to create an easier and better way for conservationists to make their ...

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Chesapeake Landscapes – and the Work They Inspire

In upstate New York, from Otsego Lake at Cooperstown to the rolling hills and farmlands near Corning and Elmira, people treasure a rural landscape at the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. A bit south and west of there, visitors travel to the Pennsylvania Wilds, a land once deforested, now forest again and home to the largest elk herd in the eastern United States. Still further south lies the internationally known Amish farming country of Lancaster County where off the main roads one sees and feels part of a different way of life. From Gettysburg through the Shenandoah ...

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Chesapeake Conservancy wins National Grant for Nanticoke River Conservation

A conservation proposal developed and coordinated by the Chesapeake Conservancy has been awarded $1 million by the Department of Defense to conserve land in the Nanticoke River corridor, a part of Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Atlantic Test Range. The award was made under the 2014 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program Challenge (REPI) and is one of only two this year, and one of only three since the REPI Challenge began. The Chesapeake Conservancy’s proposal includes the conservation of more than 2,000 acres containing a high biodiversity ...

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