Chesapeake Conservation Atlas

The Chesapeake Conservation Partnership has been working for several years on a series of conservation mapping analyses to inform conservation planning for the future. We group this information in what we call the Chesapeake Conservation Atlas.

Building upon work done in 2016 to develop a series of long-term conservation goals for farms, forests, habitat, heritage, and human health. It includes maps identifying existing resources and possible influences on the ability to achieve long-term conservation goals.

Based on these analyses, the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership identified 11.5 million acres of highly valued lands for conservation, meaning lands that hold a high overlap of multiple values — as farms, forests, habitat, or heritage lands. This is in addition to the 8.8 million acres of permanently protected land in the watershed.

The partnership takes an iterative approach to its mapping. We recognize mapping and analysis are continually improving as new data and technology become available. To move our work forward, we use the best data available to produce reliable, useful mapped information at a particular time. As data improves or new information becomes available we produce the next generation of the maps and analysis. This is true for all of the maps in the atlas.

Accessing the Chesapeake Conservation Atlas