Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council

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Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council

About Us

The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting and educating professionals and the public about conservation landscaping to protect the Chesapeake Bay. The Council formed in 2003 to promote the principles of conservation landscaping and expand the practice of conservation landscaping throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. In 2009, the Council became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and in 2010, elected its first Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets quarterly and meetings, including the October annual meeting, are open to the public.

The Council maintains a set of bylaws and the work of the organization is conducted by committees.


Throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, a general public that fully embraces and employs land stewardship practices.


The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting conservation-based landscaping practices to benefit the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Council is committed to educating and supporting professionals to implement best practices that result in a healthier and more beautiful environment that benefits residents and the region’s biodiversity.


The long term goal of the Conservation Landscaping Council is to advance conservation landscaping practices that have significant ecological benefits for communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. To achieve larger-scale conservation landscapes, the Council will consider a range of strategies and advance those deemed most desirable to achieve its goal. Strategies may range from public outreach campaigns, to advancing progressive public policies, to developing model best practices to demonstrate the benefits of conservation landscaping on small and large scales, to encouraging landscaping retailers to carry and promote native plant material and conservation practices.

Why Conservation Landscaping?

Our actions are closely linked to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Stewardship of the land and water by each and every one of us is our most effective tool to improve and protect the Bay. Conservation landscaping is working with nature to reduce pollution. Conservation-focused landscapes incorporate environmentally-sensitive design, minimize polluted runoff, conserve water and are planted with native plants. They protect the soil and are maintained using the minimum amount of chemicals to help protect clean air and water, support wildlife, and provide a more beautiful, healthier human environment.

With so many people living and moving into the Chesapeake region, polluted runoff from streets, farms, construction sites and yards, has become an increasing problem. Contaminants from every home and community—sediments, sewage, manure, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and motor oil—can be carried into the Bay from local streams and waterways. How we manage our landscapes is important to all of us! You can embrace the responsibility of caring for the land, and protect the Chesapeake Bay by applying the principles of conservation landscaping. Each of us has the opportunity to protect the future health of our communities and Bay by how we envision and care for our landscapes.