© Chesapeake Bay Program (Chesapeake)

Many areas around the Chesapeake have benefited from coordinated conservatoin efforts. Here are a few of the places that citizens, land trust staff, conservation practitioners, government officials, and others are now actively working to protect.

Featured Places in the Chesapeake Watershed

  • Lower Susquehanna

    Pennsylvania's Lower Susquehanna River is a crossroads of history, wildlife habitat, and recreational beauty comprising more than 2,000 acres of publicly accessible protected areas.

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  • Journey Through Hallowed Ground

    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is a historical and cultural corridor 180 miles long and 75 miles wide that extends from Gettysburg, Pa., through Maryland and West Virginia, and ends at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Va.

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  • Star-Spangled Banner Trail

    The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Between 1607 and 1609 Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers explored and documented thousands of miles of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Four hundred years later, the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith's voyages in the Chesapeake as the first national water trail.

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  • Cacapon River Watershed

    The Cacapon and Lost River lies just over 100 miles west of Washington D.C., tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia¿s Eastern Panhandle. It is one of the area¿s best kept natural secrets. The 125-mile long Cacapon & Lost River Valley is known for its striking scenery, excellent fishing and hunting, diverse wildlife, and fine canoeing & kayaking. As the third largest tributary of the Potomac River, the Cacapon and Lost River is an American Heritage River.

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  • James and Chickahominy Rivers Corridor

    The James River runs 340 miles through the heart of Virginia, where its waters and shores were witness to the beginning of American history. In the next 100 years, the James River will experience many changes that will affect collective quality of life.

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  • Nanticoke River Conservation Corridor Initiative

    The Nanticoke River, named for the Nanticoke Indians whose lives were inextricably linked to the water, runs for 65 miles from central Delaware, through the Eastern shore of Maryland, to the Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. This river remains one of the most diverse and intact in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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  • Shenendoah Battlefields National Historic District

    In 1996, Congress designated eight counties in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as a National Heritage Area the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District which preserves and interprets the region's significant Civil War battlefields and related historic sites.

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  • Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative

    Located an hour east of Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands is defined by three Allegheny Plateau ridges (the Chestnut, Laurel and Allegheny), Negro Mountain, which contains Pennsylvania's highest point Mt. Davis, and portions of several watersheds. The rolling hillsides rushing streams with waterfalls and picturesque farmlands span five counties (Somerset, Westmoreland, Fayette, and portions of Cambria and Bedford). The region contains Pennsylvania¿s only area of the mixed mesophytic forest of the southern Appalachians, which is characterized by the greatest diversity of plants at all forest layers, of all forest types in Pennsylvania.

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  • Pennsylvania Wilds Conservation Landscape Iniative

    The vision of the Pennsylvania Wilds Conservation Landscape is to help revitalize rural communities through sustainable tourism development—all while inspiring a stewardship ethic in residents and visitors.

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  • Otsego Lake

    Otsego Land Trust protects healthy lands and clean waters by working with private landowners to legally conserve their lands into perpetuity and by acquiring lands through donations and grants that we then open to the public.

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  • South Mountain Partnership CLI

    Connecting portions of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties and covering approximately half a million acres, the South Mountain landscape is one of Pennsylvania¿s more unique regions. The region¿s most prominent geographic feature is the forested uplands of the South Mountain ridgeline, but fertile agricultural valleys shape this landscape as well. In fact, no single element or feature defines this region of south-central Pennsylvania, but rather it¿s the unique convergence of diverse natural and cultural elements that makes this landscape so special.

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  • Eastern Shore Maryland

    ESLC was founded in 1990 as a result of widespread concern that the Eastern Shore¿s important wildlife habitat and prime farmland were being consumed by sprawling development. The decision was made by the founders to preserve land on Maryland¿s Eastern Shore in order to keep prime farmland in agriculture, to protect unique natural areas, and to perpetually monitor those lands to ensure that preservation is permanent. ESLC¿s Land Protection Program, which helps private landowners explore and implement various preservation options, has been the core function of the Conservancy through its first decade. This toolbox of preservation options includes gift conservation easements, Maryland¿s farmland preservation easement program, Maryland¿s Rural Legacy easement program, county transferable development rights programs, the family farm preference from federal estate taxes, and other options and combinations.

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  • Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area

    The Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area enhances our region's quality of life and economic vitality by promoting the preservation, conservation and interpretation of the Susquehanna River's cultural and natural heritage.

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  • Ponoco Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape

    The vision of the Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFW CL) is to protect and sustain the natural resources of the region. This region has abundant natural resources, including the greatest concentration of wetlands in the state and large tracts of public and private forested lands, such as state and national forests and parks and private hunting clubs that were established in the past and still exist today.

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  • Mallows Bay Park

    Mallows Bay Park offers excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Tremendous wildlife viewing areas, small boating access to the Potomac River, kayak launch, fishing and hiking trail. Paddle through the WWI Ghost Fleet, the largest ship graveyard in the Northern Hemisphere.

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  • Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Corridor

    The Kittatinny Ridge (also known as Blue Mountain) is a long mountain ridge that winds 185 miles through eastern and central Pennsylvania, to the Maryland line. The Ridge is a globally significant fall migration flyway used annually by tens of thousands of raptors and vultures and millions of songbirds, and has been designated by Audubon Pennsylvania as one of the state’s largest Important Bird Areas. The many rock outcroppings along the ridge also make it an excellent place to watch migrating hawks, eagles and vultures. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Audubon’s Cliff Jones Field Station at Waggoner’s Gap are premier spots for hawkwatching on the Ridge.

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