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Chesapeake Conservation Focal Areas


This map depicts existing focal areas of conservation work within the Chesapeake watershed, specifically, landscapes with on-going recognized dedicated efforts to conserve additional lands.

Data Layer Description


Chesapeake Conservation Partnership


Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


Where are the existing focal areas of conservation work within the Chesapeake watershed? In other words, where are the landscapes that already have an on-going recognized, dedicated effort to conserve additional lands?

This map is a second generation answer to this question, revised from initial work performed by the partnership in 2012.

This map illustrates landscapes within the Chesapeake watershed that hold the following characteristics:

  1. They are fairly large and iconic in their own right (i.e. multijurisdictional, at least at the county level; recognizable and known as a landscape unit; reflecting multiple values (natural, cultural, historical, recreational);
  2. They are the focus of active collaborative conservation efforts (e.g. designated or formally recognized by state and/or federal governments; already synergy among multiple partners engaged in conservation and related activities; demonstrated capacity for active collaboration); and
  3. They include existing anchors of protected land from which to build.

The focal areas mapped so far represent a mix of different on-going landscape level efforts. They are depicted in the map in the following general groupings:

Pennsylvania Conservation Landscapes: Five designated collaborative landscape conservation areas.

Heritage Areas with a Conservation Focus: Two state and two national heritage areas have a landscape conservation emphasis.

Conservation Corridors: Several corridors have ongoing collaborative conservation efforts, such as along two national trails.

Other Areas: There are several other related on-going landscape conservation efforts.

The map also depicts overlaps between focal areas, possibly suggesting areas with high recognition of the need for on-going work.

It is likely this map is incomplete and that there are additional landscapes meeting our focal area definition. Additional existing focal areas should be identified and included, to capture a full range of conservation efforts and their overlaps.

How to get the data layer

Contact Jeff Allenby, Chesapeake Conservancy,

How you might make use of this data layer

This dataset helps identify where there may be opportunities for leveraging and amplifying conservation work to the existing capacity in focal areas. Simultaneously, one can look at high priority areas not shown on this map and ask “what needs to be done to bring about the kind of capacity these focal areas already have.”

How to get more information

For more information about the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership contact: John Griffin, Program Manager,

Access and use constraints

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