2020 Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Annual Meeting: 

Conserving Land for Public Health, Equity, and Access to Nature

In the context of a pandemic and a national reckoning with racial inequities, a work group tasked by the Partnership’s Steering Committee has proposed a new draft public health goal which brings an equity and public health focus to our land conservation work.

The Chesapeake Conservation Partnership’s 2020 annual meeting is a series of work sessions designed to engage stakeholders across the watershed to develop strategies, actions, and ideas for operationalizing the Partnership’s new goal in the context of our watershed-wide, land conservation focus.

The 2020 Annual Meeting consists of five separate shorter sessions described below, co-sponsored by:

  • Land Trust Alliance
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • Trust for Public Lands
  • Maryland Environmental Trust
  • Virginia’s United Land Trusts
  • WeConservePA

The meetings are spaced out over several weeks and will culminate in a strategy session which pulls together work at the prior meetings.

For more information about any of these sessions contact: John Griffin, Program Manager

Session 1:

“We Need to Talk: Conserving Land for Public Health, Equity, and Access to Nature”

Monday October 5 – Noon to 1:30 PM

We need to talk. These four words have the power to send shivers down your spine. It’s time to open the lines of communication. The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership invite you to listen into a candid conversation among a diverse group of distinguished professionals working at the intersection of public health, equity, and conservation. We will explore the issues and urgency of solving deep inequities in public health and access to nature and the ways conservationists can and should help.

The session is also one of the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay’s “We Need to Talk” series. You can watch the session on YouTube.

Session 2:

Equity in Health and Access to Green Space in Urban Areas

Wednesday October 14 – 10:00 AM to Noon

This interactive session engages participants in surfacing issues, needs, and ideas related to public health, equity, and access to parks and green space in urban areas of the watershed.

We particularly encourage organizations and individuals working in urban conservation, parks, equity, and public health to join this working session. Space is limited. 

Register Here

Session 3:

Equity in Health and Access to Green Space in Towns and Rural Areas

Thursday October 22 – 10:00 AM to Noon

This interactive session engages participants in surfacing issues, needs, and ideas related to public health, equity, and access to parks and green space in smaller towns and rural areas of the watershed.

We particularly encourage organizations and individuals working in rural conservation, parks, equity, and public health to join this working session. Space is limited. 

Register Here

Session 4:

Data and Analysis for Driving Equity in Public Health and Conservation

Thursday October 29 – 10:00 AM to Noon

New geospatial data and analyses has significantly deepened our understanding of the watershed and informed our conservation priorities. This interactive session will continue the work to deepen understanding issues and needs related to equity in public health and access to green space. Beginning with examining recent developments in the use of geospatial analysis for public health, both inside and outside the watershed, participants will work to identify opportunities for additional work and analysis.

We particularly encourage organizations and individuals actively working with geospatial analysis related to conservation, equity and public health to join this working session. Space is limited. 

Register Here

Session 5:

2020 Annual Meeting

Tuesday November 17 9:30 AM to Noon

This session intended to identify the ideas, actions, and strategies for operationalizing the Partnership’s public health goal. It will begin with a distillation of what was learned through the prior four sessions. The interactive segments that follow will engage participants in building steps to identify the structural changes — such as policy, financing, and partnership alignment — needed to enable and support community level organizations and agencies in achieving the public health goal.

More information coming soon!