Our work is to conserve and restore the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

VISION

We believe the Chesapeake is a national treasure that should be healthy, accessible to everyone, and its watershed be a place where people and wildlife thrive.

MISSION

To conserve and restore the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

We serve as a catalyst for change, advancing strong public and private partnerships, developing and using new technology, and empowering environmental stewardship.

STRATEGIES
  • Implement Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail) and Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network in partnership with the National Park Service
  • Quantify the conservation movement and empower environmental stewards
  • Defend and expand conservation, recreation and restoration programs
  • Enhance collaboration and leverage partnerships
  • Develop replicable approaches

“Half” Will Make Us Whole

Eighteen million people call the Bay watershed home. That means we have 18 million reasons to protect this landscape so that future generations will have the same opportunities we enjoy—and incidentally, we will have an additional 4 million reasons by 2050.

Noted conservationist E.O. Wilson, author of Half-Earth, proposes a bold plan to save our imperiled biosphere: Conserve half the surface of the Earth, both land and ocean, to maintain nature.

At the Chesapeake Conservancy, we’re working with serious consideration toward the goal to maintain half of the Chesapeake Bay watershed by conserving and restoring working lands and natural lands and the places that matter for the future of our region.

Currently, approximately 22 percent of the land area in the Chesapeake watershed is conserved. This includes important working lands, rich farmlands, and productive forests, as well as our natural lands, including national and state parks and wildlife areas.

In comparison, approximately 11 percent of the watershed is developed. A distant goal of protecting 50 percent of the watershed’s working lands and natural lands would still leave around 39 percent available for future growth and development and other needs of society.

Chesapeake Conservancy has worked with many partners to expand protections for iconic symbols, like Fones Cliffs on the Rappahannock River, or Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in the Nanticoke River watershed that represent the very best of the Chesapeake. Places that are truly irreplaceable and threatened by sea-level rise and development.

Thank you for supporting our work. It is helping our partnership efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay by providing access to the latest groundbreaking technology. Your support is helping us connect people to their watershed by increasing public access through our very important partnership with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. It is helping us think big, because with careful stewardship, together we can pass on something that we are all proud of to our children and grandchildren—a legacy of our water quality, wildlife, and way of life.

 

 

 

Anne Scott                                        Joel E. Dunn

Chair of the Board                          President & CEO

Board of Directors

Douglas P. Wheeler, Chair
Anne W. Scott, Vice Chair
Robert Gensler, Treasurer
Robert G. Stanton, Secretary
Marc Bunting
Jane Danowitz
Leslie Delagran
Joel E. Dunn
Holly A. Evans
Robert E. Friend
Heather Gartman
Stephen F. Harper
Verna Harrison
Barbara Jackson
Randall W. Larrimore
Turney McKnight
Jeffery More
John G. Neely
Dr. Mamie A. Parker
Richard Scobey
Molly Joseph Ward

Honorary Members

Gilbert M. Grosvenor
U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (ret.)
U.S. Senator John Warner (ret.)

Emeritus Directors

Patrick F. Noonan
Charles A. Stek

Chesapeake Council

David Blitzer
Keith Campbell
Charles H. “Chip” Collins
Dr. Wilton “Wilt” Corkern
Lavinia Currier
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Elinor Farquhar
Sid Jamieson
Amanda Savage Mahoney
Nancy Merrill
Joan Murray
Truman Semans, Sr.
Ann Swanson
John Turner
H.W. “Skip” Wieder
Steven Williams

Chesapeake Conservancy Staff

Jeffrey Allenby, Director of Conservation Technology
Patty Allen, Office Manager
Carolyn Black, Interpretation and Partnership Associate
Kate Bohanan, Project Manager
Jody Couser, Director of Communications
Jacob Czawlytko, Geospatial Analyst
Carly Dean, Project Manager
Joel E. Dunn, President & CEO
Melissa Ehrenreich, Director of Development
Kelsey Everett, Digital Resources Coordinator
Adrienne Gemberling, Susquehanna Technical Coordinator
John Griffin, Program Manager, Chesapeake Conservation Partnership
Louis Keddell, Senior Geospatial Analyst
LeeAnn King, Geospatial Program Manager
Jacob Leizear, GIS Fellow
Joseph McCauley, Chesapeake Fellow
Emily Mills, Geospatial Analyst
Michael Norton, Research Manager
Cassandra Pallai, Geospatial Program Manager
David Saavedra, Senior Geospatial Analyst
Jared Schultz, Grants Specialist
Helen Sieracki, Development Coordinator
Susan Shingledecker, Vice President & Director of Programs
Patrick Smith, Communications and Partnership Coordinator
Rachel Soobitsky, Geospatial Project Manager
Robin Talbot, Executive Assistant
Katie Walker, Geospatial Analyst
Colleen Whitlock, Director of Administration
Emily Wiggans, Geospatial Analyst

Testimonials

ORGANIZATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE OUR FOUNDING

Secured more than $34 million in federal funds (FY15-19) to protect nearly 7,000 acres of land at parks, wildlife refuges, and and forests in the Chesapeake along with partners in the Rivers of the Chesapeake Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Collaborative Landscape proposal.
We partner with the National Park Service and others in the Chesapeake Bay to protect and/or expand our special places and restore our great rivers.
  • Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network to create 153 new access sites
  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
  • Werowocomoco
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
  • Fort Monroe National Monument
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
  • James River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Creation and expansion of state and local parks

CONSERVATION INNOVATION CENTER

Our Conservation Innovation Center empowers the conservation community with access to the latest data and technology. Our team of geospatial analysts worked to produce 1-meter resolution land cover data for approximately 100,000 square miles of land in and surrounding the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the Chesapeake Bay Program. This is available as open data for all land conservation entities, large or small, to use to practice precision conservation. We create tools for our partners to command the data and drive impressive change on the ground.

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New data is 900 times better than what was previously available to manage our watershed. Democratizing this data will:
  • Empower local environmental stewardship
  • Enable epic collaboration
  • Focus the community on quantified outcomes
  • Drive measurable results
  • Justify continued public investments
  • Create new private investment opportunities

Mallows Bay - Potomac River

A lead partner in the effort to create the first National Marine Sanctuary in the Chesapeake.

Highlighting the Chesapeake as a National Treasure.

Chesapeake Conservancy has been a lead partner in the effort to designate Mallows Bay – Potomac River as a National Marine Sanctuary. Located approximately 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland, it is home to the Ghost Fleet of historic shipwrecks that have become important ecological habitats. The designation became reality 2019.

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Fones Cliffs

Fones Cliffs is home to one of the largest concentrations of eagles on the East Coast.

It is potentially home to significant American Indian artifacts.

We’re fighting to permanently protect Fones Cliffs on the Rappahannock River in Virginia. This significant site along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is threatened by a proposal for a large resortThis national treasure — home to the cultural history of the Rappahannock Tribe — is a majestic place that should be protected for future generations. In 2018, we continued to advocate for protection of this special place. We orchestrated a coalition of partners to insist that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality hold developers fully responsible for significant and repeated environmental violations. We continue to track a lawsuit brought against the developer by the Virginia Attorney General to protect this indigenous cultural landscape which is one of the crown jewels of the Chesapeake.

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YOUR GIFT TODAY

More than 18 million people call the Chesapeake home and have fallen in love with its awesome landscapes and rivers. So much so that thousands of acres of open space disappear each year. We are in a race against time to conserve, protect, and restore what makes the Chesapeake so special before it is too late. Thank you for supporting our work. No amount is too small or too large to help us achieve great things together. Click here to find out how to make a planned gift.

Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount is truly appreciated. Our tax id number is 26-2271377.

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2018 HIGHLIGHTS

CONSERVATION & RESTORATION

In February, a partnership between the U.S. Navy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the Chesapeake Conservancy announced the permanent protection of 230 acres on a family-owned farm in Dorchester County, Maryland.
In 2018, we were proud to join forces with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other partners on the “The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership,” a monumental collaborative effort to plant 10 million trees in Pennsylvania by the end of 2025.
In 2018, we partnered with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Turkey Hill Dairy, and the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Assn., Inc. to prioritize the spending of a multi-million dollar investment to restore Pennsylvania dairy farms.
In 2018, we applied our precision conservation approach in four central Pennsylvania counties with over 40 local restoration partners to restore 22 acres of farmland to improve local water quality.
In October, we partnered with Maryland Environmental Trust and the Lower Shore Land Trust on a conservation easement for 154 acres of forestland in the Nanticoke River watershed.
A partnership between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Chesapeake Conservancy has led to the permanent protection of 155 acres of land as part of the Nanticoke Unit of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, home to rare plants and species like the formerly endangered Delmarva fox squirrel. These are the first easements within Blackwater since the refuge was established in 1933.
In 2018, our federal advocacy effort to bring more Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars to the Chesapeake resulted in a $900,000 appropriation that was used to conserve a 50-acre property called “Osprey Nest” which was added to James River National Wildlife Refuge in April.  This appropriation was also used to protect an additional 17-acre wetland property at the headwaters of Powell’s Creek near the entrance to the refuge.

PUBLIC ACCESS

Seaford

In October 2018, US Senator Chris Coons joined Seaford Mayor David Genshaw, National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office officials, and Chesapeake Conservancy to announce plans for a new waterfront park at the site of the old J.B. Robinson Oyster House along the Seaford Riverwalk in Delaware.

With Seaford as the Gateway to the Chesapeake at the head of the Nanticoke River, we are demonstrating how healthy communities and protected lands can go hand-in-hand.

Wye Island

With support from REI Co-op, whose generous funding matched a grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration’s National Recreational Trails Program, Chesapeake Conservancy successfully completed the installation of a new canoe and kayak launch at Wye Island in Queen Anne’s County, Md.

Point Lookout

In October, we celebrated our partnership with the National Park Service and Maryland State Parks which led to a new paddle-in camp site at Point Lookout State Park and Newtowne Neck State Park, both located in St. Mary’s County. Now paddlers can camp comfortably and make a longer journey of their adventure on the Bay. These improvements were jointly financed by Program Open Space funding and Gateways funding—critical conservation programs we have helped to fully fund with our advocacy.

Turkey Island Creek

In September, we proudly joined the James River Association to celebrate the partnership that led to a new public access site and protected 24 acres of land on Turkey Island Creek, a tributary of the James River in eastern Henrico County.

ADVOCACY

Chesapeake Conservancy advocated with partners for federal funding to benefit the Chesapeake, ultimately securing $73 million to fund the Chesapeake Bay Program, $6 million for land conservation in the Chesapeake region, and $2 million for public access and conservation efforts along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail through the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Program under The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

We advocate for open space funding at the state level in Maryland,  Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

In Maryland, we advocated for and were thrilled that the state’s General Assembly approved Governor Hogan’s request to fully fund Program Open Space ($183 million) and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund ($50 million).
In October, we had the honor of attending a ceremony at Werowocomoco on the York River, hosted by US Secretary of the Interior in honor of federal recognition for seven American Indian tribes in Virginia. It was a momentous event in the history of the Chesapeake and a globally important moment for civil rights.

INNOVATION

South River

The South River Federation (now the Arundel Rivers Federation) based in Edgewater, Md. launched a new online water quality map built in partnership with the Chesapeake Conservancy.

Stream Mapping

In 2018, a partnership with University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Chesapeake Conservancy was awarded $1.2 million from the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) to create a more accurate, updated map for the watershed by applying new stream mapping techniques.

EPA

In December 2018, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an award of $1,080,000 to Chesapeake Conservancy so that it can update and improve land use data critical to Chesapeake Bay restoration.

Along with partners, Chesapeake Conservancy will provide state and local jurisdictions updated, high-resolution, high-quality data about changes to landscapes and the locations of headwaters streams and other water features

MEASURING RESULTS

SOCIAL IMPACT

In 2018, our Roving Rangers were Stephanie Gorham and Michael Bowman. They took the Chesapeake Roving Ranger, the mobile visitor information center for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and a partnership program between the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Conservancy, to 26 locations and events. From June through November 2018, the crew interacted with nearly 3,500 people in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

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In June 2018, NPS and Chesapeake Conservancy launched the Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour. This included the selection and placement of 64 geocache locations throughout the watershed and many along the trail. The kickoff event was attended by over 100 people. The tour has logged over 4,500 visits since its launch.

INSPIRING EXPLORATION

Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office inspire people to get out and enjoy all that the Chesapeake region has to offer through their partnership website, FindYourChesapeake.com, and weekly e-newsletter, Trips and Tips. We know that when people fall in love with a place, they will work to help protect it. The website is tourism-focused and helps residents and visitors explore over 370 special places around the Chesapeake watershed, many along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and other Chesapeake Gateways sites.

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Captain John Smith’s journal tells us that “markes” represent actual crosses—either of brass or as a shape carved in tree bark—left by the English explorers. Some 400 years later, Haile studied Smith’s journal and worked with longtime Conservancy board member Charlie Stek to put together a plan to place stone markers as near as possible to the original cross locations. Three were eliminated as mapped outside of Smith’s actual area of exploration, leaving a total of 24 in the marker project. As of 2018, 18 cross markers have been places with help from volunteer historians Ed Haile and Connie Lapallo, and funding from the Sumner T. McKnight Foundation.

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VIRTUAL CONNECTIONS

Chesapeake Conservancy helps people connect with nature and the Chesapeake Bay through its wildlife webcams, which feature ospreys, peregrine falcons, and great blue herons. The cams are a fascinating and addicting way to observe the wonders of nature. We are grateful for our partnerships with explore.org, The Crazy Osprey Family, Transamerica, and the owner of the great blue heron rookery, whose generosity makes these cams possible. Nearly 10 million viewers from all over the world watched the cams in 2018, including countries like Iceland, Ghana, Armenia, China, and Belize, and the Cayman Islands. The osprey and peregrine stories are fantastic to share with our viewers because they are true conservation success stories. With both the peregrine and the osprey once facing near eradication in the 1970s, due to the effects of DDT, today they have rebounded in the Chesapeake thanks to the ban on DDT and the careful work of ornithologists and conservationists such as The Peregrine Fund. Their stories are ideal to highlight because they prove that we humans can turn things around while helping us connect people to the Chesapeake Bay.

Watch the Cams

While nothing beats the experience of seeing the beauty of the Chesapeake firsthand, we’ve created 11 virtual river tours along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, similar to Google Street View, so that you can plan your next adventure. In 2018, we added the Patuxent River Tour. Take a virtual tour, scope out the access site you plan to use, or just soak in the beauty from your screen with the perspective of a paddler.

Take a Tour

In 2018, a video produced in partnership with NPS about Werowocomoco was accepted into two prestigious film festivals in November: the second annual Pocahontas Reframed: Storytellers Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival, where it won the 2018 Commonwealth Award for Best Virginia Short Film. Werowocomoco was sold to the National Park Service in 2016. However, it is not yet open to the public. It is our hope that this video will serve as a virtual experience during this planning phase.

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CHAMPIONS OF THE CHESAPEAKE

In November, the Conservancy was thrilled to honor the fifth annual Champions of the Chesapeake: The Conservation Fund, the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, and Ecosystem Investment Partners for their innovative approaches to land conservation and restoration. Cumulatively, the 2018 Champions of the Chesapeake have protected hundreds of thousands of acres in the Chesapeake watershed and generated private capital to strategically restore habitat and clean water. Special keynote speaker, Jeff Corwin, gave a guests a special sneak peek of his new IMAX large-screen film, Expedition Chesapeake, to inspire the nearly 18 million residents in the watershed to fight for its protection.

We express our gratitude to all this year’s Champions of the Chesapeake sponsors including: Intel, Microsoft, Beveridge & Diamond, HoganLovells, RBC Wealth Management, The Conservation Fund, Bank of America, The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, M&T Bank, Spectra Integration, Molly Joseph Ward, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc, Athens Paper and Packing, Herrington Harbour, Herrington on the Bay, Martin Architectural, The Severn Companies, Shore Bancshares, Total Wine & More, Turner Sculpture, and Larry Ringgold.

For every dollar raised, 90 cents is spent on programs and leadership

Sound stewardship of financial resources demonstrated by a clean audit

Accepted as a nonprofit partner of the 1% for the Planet
network for results-focused and cost-effective strategies

Awarded 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Donors

Our sincere appreciation to the individual, foundation, and corporate donors who have made our work possible. We’d especially like to thank the 303 donors who helped us raise $154,661 in our first ever crowdfunding campaign. We truly appreciate your generosity.

Seven Generations Society
(Planned Gifts)

Anne Gordon Keidel Trust

$25,000+

The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Bancroft Foundation
Bunting Family Foundation
Campbell Foundation
explore.org
Farvue Foundation
Hamer Foundation
The Helena Foundation
Turney McKnight
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
REI
Roemer Foundation
Shared Earth Foundation
Wildlife Management Institute

$15,000-$24,999

Mary and Charles Dankmeyer
John G. & Jean R. Gosnell Foundation, Inc.
Randall Larrimore and Cathy Cutright

$10,000-$14,999

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Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Intel Corporation
James M. and Margaret V. Stine Foundation
Microsoft Corporation
Town Creek Foundation
Virginia S. Warner Foundation

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The Harding Family Foundation
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Herrington On The Bay Catering and Herrington Harbour Marinas
Hogan Lovells
Jay Joseph
Kovitz Investment Group
Judy Larrimore
Lucie Lehmann
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M&T Bank
Mariposa Fund
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Sacharuna Foundation
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Anne Scott
Severn Companies
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Paul Ferraro and Kristin Rowles
Phil Fields
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Donna and Bob Zellers

Chesapeake Stewards Club
(Monthly Donors)

Barbara Anderson
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Matthew Hunley
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Michael and Phyllis McCauley
Dave Robertson
Melissa and Peter Smith
Kristin Sorensen
Thomas Straehle

In-Kind Gifts

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Jay Chaffin
Christian Graphic Solutions
Spectra Integration
Total Wine & More
Turner Sculpture
Wild Echo Media

Matching Gifts

Bank of America Matching Gift Program
ExxonMobil Foundation
IBM Corporation
Main Street America Group
Microsoft Corporation
Olin Corporation Charitable Trust
Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program

Donation Honorees

Audrey and Tom, the Ospreys
Aunt Olive on her farm
David Benack
Gary Bullis
Pamela Cambardella
Elizabeth Carren
Tristan Cleveland
Joseph and Genevieve Coyle
The Crazy Osprey Family
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Mike & Marcey Francella
William and Joanna Gandy
The great work being done by Fletcher, Rachel and the rest of the CIC Team
Dr. Eric Greene, Montana Osprey Project
Harper and Ryan
Tim and Caitlin Hartford
Doug Johnson
Randy Larrimore and Cathy Cutright
Alberta E. Leitzel
John and Sophia Michels
Emily Mills
Mom
Carlyn Nelson
Leslie H. Pierce, Jr. and Sr.
Peter and Andrew Shingledecker
Susan Shingledecker
Jeanne and Frank Shipman
Mark van Stolk
Molly Joseph Ward
Senator John Warner

In Memoriam Honorees

Joseph Badanes
Dr. Donald Bice
Kenneth A. Campbell
Rick Cowles
Tom Dineen
Dr. Roger Doyel
Frank, Josephine, Ross, and Evelyn
Gracie, the beloved Labrador retriever
Nellie Grant
Joseph W. Janssens Jr.
Dr. Richard B. Kay and his beautiful wife
Keith Kelly
Irene Ivy Kelser
Eileen Larrimore
Randy Riggs
Nicholas Scott Stoer
Carol Van Horn

Partners and Clients

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Ecosystem Investment Partners
Esri
Fauquier County Department of Community Development
Foundation for PA Watersheds
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Grayce B. Kerr Fund, Inc.
Harford Land Trust
InnoCentive
Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
Land Trust Alliance
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland State Highway Administration
Microsoft Corporation
National Park Service-Chesapeake Bay Office
NeighborSpace of Baltimore County
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
River Network
Sultana Projects, Inc.
Sussex County Government
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Chesapeake Bay Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Region 5 Office
U.S. Forest Service-Chesapeake Bay Office
U.S. Forest Service, George Washington-Jefferson National Forest and National Forests in Florida
Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust
Virginia Environmental Endowment

About the Chesapeake Conservancy

Chesapeake Conservancy is a nonprofit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. We are conservation entrepreneurs. We believe that the Chesapeake is a national treasure that should be accessible for everyone and a place where wildlife can thrive. We use technology to enhance the pace and quality of conservation, and we help build parks, trails, and public access sites. We have embraced the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Gateways and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as an inspiration and framework for our work in the region. The Conservancy works in close partnership with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as other federal, state, and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.

Contact Info

716 Giddings Avenue Suite 42
Annapolis, MD 21401
(443) 321 3610
info@chesapeakeconservancy.org








Photo Credits

Opening Image: “Bay Bridge” Mike Weiss

Chair and the President: Jody Couser

Testimonials: “Lucas Joppa” Courtesy Photo, “Centre County, PA” Nicholas A. Tonelli, “St. Helena Island” Robert Fairfax

Organizational Achievements: “Sunrise at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge” Ian Plant, “Conservation Innovation Center Image” Conservation Innovation Center

Signature Projects: “Mallows Bay Drone Image” Kurt Schwoppe, “Fones Cliffs Lidar Overlay Image” Conservation Innovation Center, “Bob Cat” Wildlife Webcam Image Courtesy of Tig Tillinghast

Your Gift Today: “Boys at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge” Susan Shingledecker

2018 Accomplishments: “Delmarva Fox Squirrel” James O’Guinn, “Public Officials in Seaford” Jody Couser, “Wye Island” Peter Turcik, “Point Lookout Ribbon Cutting” Jody Couser, “Turkey Island Creek” Joe McCauley, “Susan Shingledecker” Courtesy Photo, “South River Federation Tool Image” Conservation Innovation Center, “Conservation Innovation Center Image” Conservation Innovation Center, “Jumping Roving Rangers” Patrick Smith, “Peregrine Falcon” Peter Turcik, “Virtual Tour Screen Shot of Mattaponi River” Chesapeake Conservancy and Terrain360, “Champions of the Chesapeake Reception” Mark Hamilton

Closing Photo Montage: “Chesapeake Sunset” Michael Weiss, “Woman and baby” Courtesy Photo, “Chesapeake, “Red Fox” Matthew Beziat, “Great Blue Heron” Mike Weiss, “Conservancy Team with Flow Path Map” Courtesy Photo, “Woman Kayaking” Peter Turcik