Chesapeake Conservation Atlas
The NPS Chesapeake Bay Office worked with NatureServe, Chesapeake watershed states, and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to develop the Chesapeake Conservation Atlas filling a need for a publicly accessible, watershed-wide land conservation priority system. Its purpose is to support collaboration among many partners in land conservation efforts throughout the Chesapeake region. The Chesapeake Conservation Partnership continues to significantly expand the atlas, including housing all of the mapping components of the Chesapeake Conservation Atlas on the site.
Developed to aid flood-vulnerable communities in earning flood insurance discounts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System, this tool highlights preservation and restoration opportunities in selected Maryland communities that qualify for the program’s Open Space Preservation credit. The Open Space Preservation Opportunities WebApp is an extension of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership’s Land Conservation and the Community Rating System report.
Narrative Toolkit: Tools for Communicating Conservation Messages
This toolkit presents a shared narrative intended to unite and bolster land conservation efforts across the diverse landscapes within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The toolkit also includes tools and resources for partnership members to implement and tailor the narrative to be relevant to their work and priority audiences.
- Narrative Toolkit: Provides all the guidance for using the narrative and tools.
- Message Box: As described in the toolkit, this template helps you create your own messaging based on the narrative.
- Spiel Worksheet: The toolkit includes instructions on how to use this template for crafting your pitch.
- Visual Tools: The toolkit includes examples of how to use images to help communicate your messages; files of powerpoint slides, images and more can be found here.
Green Space Equity Mapper
The Green Space Equity Mapper assists in identifying and prioritizing conservation opportunities in low-income communities and communities of color throughout the watershed with limited or no access to open space. This web-based map tool includes a set of interactive map layers to assist all government agencies, land trusts, and other conservation organizations and community groups in identifying areas most in need of green spaces within or immediately proximate to them and how these areas relate to demographics, community risks, and land cover.