The Chesapeake Conservancy works in partnership to achieve a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed by harnessing the power of history and the promise of new technologies to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Our mission is to connect people with its wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore its natural resources. We are conservation entrepreneurs focused on fueling the next generation of conservation that prioritizes clean water, community access to waterways, and protection of the natural and historical character that sustains the vitality of communities throughout the watershed. From our founding, we have embraced the National Park Service’s Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as an inspiration for our work in the region.
- We operate three widlife webcams watched by more than 1 million people annually to inspire people to love and speak out for the Chesapeake.
- We’re expanding public access to the Bay by inspiring people to learn more about our Great Rivers through our Riverview program to create virtual river tours across the Chesapeake and helping create more public access sites throughout the Bay.
- We help people explore the nation’s first congressionally mandated historical water trail–the John Smith Chesapeake Trail linking more than 3,000 miles of the Chesapeake through our community outreach and education programs like Trips & Tips.
- We help bring together creative funding solutions for land conservation to protect the places that matter to our history and our future through coordination of the Rivers of the Chesapeake Collaborative and partnerships.
- We’re speaking up to save places that matter to our past and our future to seize opportunities to protect special places like Mallow’s Bay, Fones Cliffs, and Werowocomoco.
- We’re developing shared vision and action plans in our Great Rivers to define and work toward a healthy future for local watersheds.
example of a high-resolution land cover dataset
- Chesapeake Conservancy and our partners are working to accelerate the pace of restoration through the unique application of new technologies. Working with our partners, we’ve completed one of the largest, high-resolution land cover datasets in the nation. Through a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Conservancy and our partners meticulously mapped the entire watershed at a 1 meter by 1 meter resolution to help local partners see conservation and restoration opportunities more clearly and practice precision conservation.
- We’re developing innovation hubs across the watershed where we are working with local partners to apply this data to help urban and rural communities. Together we are partnering to develop creative approaches that help communities meet TMDL targets and improve water quality.