More good Chesapeake Conservation results, this time from the Virginia Piedmont! Private landowners in Fauquier County, located west of Washington DC in the Virginia Piedmont, placed 2,541 acres under permanent conservation easements in 2017. Over 104,000 acres in Fauquier -- a quarter of the county -- are now protected through easements.
"Conservation easements help protect our local food supply, secure sources of water for the future, provide areas for wildlife habitat and preserve important historic and cultural sites," Piedmont Environmental Council President ...
More good news of land conservation progress here in the Chesapeake watershed!
It was a proposal that raised both hopes and doubts: could a local nonprofit land trust raise nearly $7 million dollars to purchase a vulnerable 871-acre farm, site of a historic 1862 Civil War battle, on the outskirts of the fast-growing Richmond region? On February 1, a year and a half after the Capital Region Land Conservancy's (CRLC) Board of Directors greenlighted the ambitious plan, CRLC purchased Malvern Hill Farm in eastern Henrico County's Varina District. Read More
As we start a new year, it’s worth taking a few minutes to reflect on the partnership’s accomplishments during 2017 and look ahead to 2018. Here is a quick overview!
New maps of Chesapeake conservation goals:
In March, we published new maps setting out the partnership’s long-term conservation goals for the watershed. Displayed in LandScope Chesapeake, the maps depict important farms, forests, habitat, heritage and health.
New analyses of influences on Chesapeake conservation:
At the partnership’s ...
For the last five years, non-profits, American Indian tribes, land trusts and federal and state agencies engaged in land conservation throughout the Chesapeake watershed have come together at the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership’s annual meeting. In the largest gathering to date, nearly 120 people convened at the National Conservation Training Center on October 5-6, 2015, for the sixth annual meeting. The spirit of the event—Growing the Partnership, Growing Our Impact—was reflected both in the increased attendance and the conversations around increasing diversity ...
This interview series highlights the people of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership: a diverse group of individuals who have devoted their careers to conservation and share a common vision about what that can be achieved through collective partnership. Read more about how they got started, where they are going next, and what drives them forward.
Cindy Dunn was confirmed as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) on June 2, 2015, returning to the agency where she worked under three governors in multiple positions ...
The U.S. Forest Service has acquired 317 acres in Nelson County Virginia long-coveted for its scenic view from the Appalachian Trail.
The Roanoke Times reports that the acquisition was made with $760,000 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The property was first purchased from the mountain farming Campbell family by The Conservation Fund, an effort led by Blaine Phillips who serves on the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Steering Committee. The fund was then reimbursed by the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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A partnership between the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has led to the conservation of an important parcel of land along Wrights Creek in Sussex County, Delaware. Working together, these organizations have protected a 14-acre property that provides more than 2,500 feet of mature forested buffer for Wrights Creek, a freshwater tributary to the Nanticoke River. This property will become part of the Nanticoke Wildlife Area and connect two protected wildlife corridors that were previously separated ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...