• Progress

    Work is underway to support land conservation at the local level.

    Forests, farms and wetlands provide valuable ecosystem services. These landscapes produce food, improve water quality and wildlife habitat, and give us opportunities to have fun in the natural world. Monitoring the conversion of these natural and working landscapes is critical to minimizing the extent and mitigating the effects of the conversion process.

  • Management Strategy

    To achieve the land use options evaluation outcome, participating partners have committed to:

    • Exploring existing local and state-level land use policy options, incentives and planning tools;
    • Gathering, summarizing and placing online studies and reports on the costs, benefits and effectiveness of local and state-level land use policy options, incentives and planning tools; and
    • Surveying local governments and interest groups to determine which local or state-level land use policy options, incentives and planning tools have most effectively reduced land conversion rates, whether an online compilation of studies and reports meets their needs, and, if not, what more they need to reduce land conversion rates.

    These partners will also collaborate with the work being done to achieve the 2025 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), brook trout, healthy watersheds, local leadership, protected lands, stream health and wetlands outcomes.

    As part of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s partnership-wide implementation of adaptive management, progress toward this outcome will be reviewed and discussed by the Management Board in November of 2017.

  • Work Plan
    Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking specific actions over the course of 2016 and 2017 to achieve the high-level approaches identified in the management strategy above.
  • Participating Partners

    The Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team leads the effort to achieve this outcome. It works in partnership with the Water Quality and Fostering Stewardship goal implementation teams.

    Participating partners include:

    • State of Delaware
    • District of Columbia
    • State of Maryland
    • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Chesapeake Bay Commission
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • National Park Service