73 results for author: Kelsey Everett


Quick Reports on Land Protection

How can you quickly find how much land is protected within a county? Or a watershed? Or find out what the make-up of that protected land is – how much is owned by a particular type of owner; or how much is forested?We’ve got an updated tool for that! LandScope Chesapeake provides a slew of curated maps related to land conservation and the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership’s land protection goals. It also includes a “map reports” tool for quickly viewing summary information on protected lands. The Chesapeake Bay Program GIS team recently worked with NatureServe to update of the Landscope Chesapeake Protected Lands Reporting Tool. It ...

Now Accepting Applications for the Chesapeake Watershed Conservation Finance Workshop

Are you looking to access new sources of funding for land conservation deals? Do you require more complex funding and financing tools to achieve your land conservation goals? If so, this workshop is designed for you. We are pleased to announce the Chesapeake Watershed Conservation Finance Intensive Workshop, which will be held December 16-18, 2019 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. This is a multi-day, intensive training course to help mid-career professionals utilize innovative and effective financing strategies for land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship.  Course content will ...

Study Confirms Habitat Connectivity is Key

The importance of connecting isolated blocks of habitat -- or conserving existing connectivity -- has been a core tenet of land conservation for a number of years. Scientists have now completed one of the largest scale, long-term studies of connectivity, and it demonstrates the biodiversity benefits. As reported in the Washington Post, the study was carried out over decades amidst a large timber plantation managed by the US Forest Service in South Carolina. The native habitat was formerly longleaf pine savanna, subject to regular but not intense fires. The researchers constructed multiple large, several-acre squares of restored savanna and ...

A Glimpse of Conservation History Along the Highway

So who among us has seen historical markers along highways? Most of us! But how many have seen markers celebrating a moment in conservation history? Well, now you can. Last month a new marker was placed by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in Goochland County commemorating the first donation of a conservation easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation -- in June 1968. The easement on a 104 acre property owned by James M. Ball, Jr. was also the first recorded conservation easement in the Commonwealth. Thanks to Parker Agelasto, Executive Director of the Capital Region Land Conservancy, for bringing this bit of conservation history ...

New Study Documents Staggering Loss of Birds

Some readers may remember a Lightning Update from June on "signs of hope" and the annual spring migration of songbirds. By its nature, the spectacle of bird migration is inherently hopeful and inspiring. But ... many of you may also have just read articles last week from the New York Times or other sources on a new study published in Science documenting a staggering loss of bird species since 1970 -- more than 1 in 4 birds gone from the skies. John Fitzpatrick and Peter Marra, directors of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Georgetown Environment Initiative, organizations which led the study, write: "Even we were shocked by the results. ...

Looking Back to Look Forward – 220 Million Trees Planted

It's always worth considering whether we have faced similar situations before and, if so, how we handled them. The climate crisis of today is unprecedented in scale. But it is not the first enormous environmental crisis conservationists have faced. Nor are some of the solutions employed in past crises unlike those being called for today -- plant trees; a lot of them. As a response to the twin crises of the 1930s--the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression--the federal government carried out a massive tree-planting program in the Great Plains. The idea, personally advocated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and planned and coordinated by the US Forest ...

Crowd-funding Land Conservation?

Is crowd-funding a viable strategy for raising funds to protect land? Canadians seem to make the case that it can be. The BC Parks Foundation just completed a $3 million dollar crowd-fundraising campaign to protect 2,000 acres with three miles of waterfront along Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia. The funds were raised over the course of several months. Andrew Day, BC Parks Foundation CEO, said some of the funds came in through donations of $100,000 or more, but there were large numbers of smaller donations from individuals. One fifth grade elementary school class raised $1,100. Donations also came in from citizens in other countr...

Marking Milestones – A Major New Report

“LAND. It’s as important as air but we often take it for granted. Land grows our food, cleans our water, and sometimes even takes our breath away with its beauty. Land anchors life.” This is how our new report--Marking Milestones: Progress in Conserving Land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed--begins. Hot off the press, the report is the most comprehensive survey of land conservation and funding in a decade. Marking Milestones showcases the tremendous value of our Chesapeake watershed, and the remarkable success stories of people working to protect the land that supports our quality of life. It also points out the significant financial ...

New Report Marks Land Conservation Progress in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Most Comprehensive Regional Survey of Conservation and Funding in a Decade Shows Conservation Goals Are on Track and Calls for an Ambitious New Goal Annapolis, MD – Today, the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership (CCP) released Marking Milestones: Progress in Conserving Land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The report is the most comprehensive survey of land conservation and funding in the Chesapeake watershed in a decade. Marking Milestones showcases the tremendous value of the Chesapeake watershed and the remarkable success stories of people working to protect the land that supports our quality of life. Eighteen profiles provide examples, ...

Changes to Mid-Atlantic Forests as Climate Warms

The majority of the Chesapeake watershed is forested. And most of these Chesapeake forests were recently assessed for their vulnerability to projected climate change. The Mid-Atlantic Region Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis is the work of dozens of scientists and forest managers who evaluated climate change scenarios and influences on forests in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and parts of Maryland. Published by the USDA Forest Service, the 294 page report covers a wide range of findings and addresses implications for forest management and conservation. Among the key findings: Temperatures will increase. Under ...