Chesapeake Conservation Atlas

The Chesapeake Conservation Partnership develops and maintains 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.

The atlas maps existing resources related to the partnership’s long-term conservation goals for farms, forests, habitat, heritage, and human health. It also assesses possible influences on achieving those goals. The atlas identifies 11.5 million acres of highly valued lands for conservation, meaning lands with a high overlap of multiple values — as farms, forests, habitat, or heritage. 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.