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Conservation Goals

The Chesapeake Conservation Partnership has identified long-term landscape conservation goals for achieving a vision of a vibrant, healthy and sustainable Chesapeake region. These goals are intended to encompass the values that have already been documented through many public processes -- from strategic and/or comprehensive plans to published studies and reports to formal designations by multiple levels of government. The goals are organized around five broad categories--Farms, Forests, Habitat, Heritage and Human Health--that encompass landscape level land protection concerns.

Our goals set out what is needed over the long term -- principally in terms of our relationship with the land and all it includes. They recognize all is interconnected -- a vibrant economy, strong communities, healthy people, working farms and forests, vital habitat for native wildlife, clean water, our shared heritage, recreation and quality of life. We treasure all these values, while we focus on select goals -- not as disconnected parts, but as parts of the whole, inextricably linked. In fact, in many places on the land multiple values overlap, bringing those with diverse interests together to work toward their conservation. These goals help drive our conservation work. We illustrate and map where these values exist. We collaborate in conserving these values, building the resources to do so. We track and celebrate progress.

To support collaboration toward these goals LandScope Chesapeake provides a carefully curated collection of map data on each goal and the various federal, state, and local conservation priorities that contribute to them.

Conservation Goals

  • Conservation Priority: Farms

    OUR GOAL: Protect the Chesapeake watershed's productive farms and prime farmland from conversion and secure space for urban farming to ensure permanent sustainable 'close to home' sources of food for the region's population and to support the economic and cultural value of our working farms and farmers.

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  • Conservation Priority: Forests

    OUR GOAL: Protect the Chesapeake watershed's most ecologically and economically valuable forest land from conversion - headwater and riparian forests, large forest blocks, woodlots providing multiple values, and highly productive timber growing soils.

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  • Conservation Priority: Habitats

    OUR GOAL: Protect a network of large natural areas and corridors sufficient to allow nature to respond to a changing climate and land development and to support thriving populations of native wildlife, migratory birds, fish and plants and sustain at-risk species.

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  • Conservation Priority: Heritage

    OUR GOAL: Protect the treasured landscape of our collective heritage from development that would alter the scenery and character that conveys their importance - along our designated trails and scenic rivers and byways, at our parks, and throughout our state and national heritage areas, valued cultural landscapes and historic districts.

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