Advancing Goals

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

We work to influence environmental policy in social, economic, political and cultural areas that will protect water quality, wildlife and our community’s way of life.

Sediment and nutrient pollution, development, infrastructure expansion, climate change and limited public access threaten the unique ecological, scenic, recreational, and cultural resources of the Chesapeake.

The Chesapeake Conservancy works closely with individuals, communities, organizations, state and federal agencies to protect our unique natural and cultural assets. Specifically, we advocate for the following programs and initiatives:

Land and Water Conservation Fund

土地和水资源保护基金(LWCF)是美国保护不可替代土地和改善全国户外娱乐机会的最重要的项目. The program works in partnership with federal, state and local efforts to protect land in our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, and other public lands; to preserve working forests and ranchlands; to support state and local parks and playgrounds; to preserve battlefields and other historic and cultural sites; and to provide the tools that communities need to meet their diverse conservation and recreation needs.

We are a member of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition and advocate for annual funding for this important program and for our region.

Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network

该计划使切萨皮克湾国家公园管理局(NPS)办事处能够为整个流域社区的360多个项目提供大约2200万美元的财政和技术援助, improving Bay access and fueling our thriving outdoor recreation economy.

Chesapeake Trail

十大赌博正规老平台协会支持的工作超出了国家公园管理局自己的能力范围, including: improving public access, supporting land conservation, conducting cultural research and environmental analysis, 并提供丰富游客体验的外展服务,为切萨皮克湾流域创造一个可持续的未来.

Chesapeake Bay Program

自1983年以来,切萨皮克湾项目一直领导和指导切萨皮克湾的恢复工作. Bay Program partners include federal and state agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. Staff members work at our offices in Annapolis, Maryland, and at partner organizations throughout the watershed.

We are a proud partner in the Chesapeake Bay Program and advocate for the authorization and appropriations for this important program.

United for a Chesapeake National Recreation Area

Together with our partners, we are leading “United for a Chesapeake National Recreation Area,” a coalition advocating to create national park status in the Chesapeake. 这个21世纪的公园是切萨皮克湾的一个公园集合,它引起了国内和国际对海湾重要自然资源的关注, cultural, historical, and recreational resources. Formally connected through partnerships between the National Park Service, and communities and states, these parks would become the Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA),并讲述了一个关于美国最大的河口和世界上最大的环境恢复努力之一的共同故事.

Maryland Program Open Space

Program Open Space is Maryland’s leading land preservation program.  In 1969, 马里兰州议会通过0的转让税制度创造了项目开放空间.5 percent on every real estate transaction in the state. Thus began the remarkable history of protecting land, 并建造了公园和游乐场,使这个州成为一个有吸引力的居住地, work and play.

Program Open Space funds the acquisition and development of state and local parks, the preservation of unique natural areas that harbor rare and endangered species, 保护农田和保护当地已确定的资源土地(农场), forest, historic/cultural) with conservation easements.

这笔收入旨在跟上不断上涨的土地成本和发展速度,以及空地和农田的流失. Also, by partnering with non-profit organizations and public agencies, POS leverages resources and increases efficiency, accomplishing more for Maryland taxpayers with less.

十大赌博正规老平台协会在马里兰州立法机构倡导为这一重要项目提供全额资金,并且是该协会的成员 Partners for Open Space.

Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit

弗吉尼亚联邦为土地保护创造了强有力的激励机制, a transferable credit to pay state income tax.  It is an effective, voluntary, 自由市场机制已被证明大大增加了保护地役权的十大赌博正规老平台, 保护景观的完整性并使切萨皮克湾流域受益.

In 1999, 弗吉尼亚州议会通过了《十大赌博正规老平台》,为保护维吉尼亚州的自然保护价值而十大赌博正规老平台土地或地役权的业主,将获得该州所得税的抵免. 最初的税收抵免是该州符合条件的保护十大赌博正规老平台价值的50%.

Today, 弗吉尼亚州允许对十大赌博正规老平台土地或保护地役权价值的40%进行所得税抵免. 到2020年,纳税人每年最多可以使用2万美元,在随后的纳税年度每年可以使用5万美元. Tax credits may be carried forward for up to 13 years. Unused credits may be sold, 允许很少或没有弗吉尼亚州所得税负担的个人利用这一福利.

The Chesapeake Conservancy advocates for the maintenance of this important program, 它保护了弗吉尼亚数十万英亩的土地不受开发, and is a member of the Virginia Conservation Network.

Pennsylvania Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund

In 1993, 宾夕法尼亚州议会和公众建立了Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The Keystone Fund and its dedicated funding source, a 15% share of the state’s realty transfer tax, 建立一个专门和永久的资金来源,用于娱乐投资, parks, conservation, libraries, historical preservation, and education.

The Keystone Fund has helped protect 161,000+ acres of green space for county and municipal parks, greenways, wildlife habitat, and other open space uses.  This also funds thousands of community park development projects, including ballfields, playgrounds, pools, picnic areas, and recreation centers and trail projects for walking, bicycling, and other recreation uses.

We advocate for the full funding of the Keystone Fund.

Delaware Open Space Program

Delaware’s Open Space Program coordinates the acquisition of parks, open space, natural areas, forests, wildlife habitat, greenways, and access to waterways. 这些管理区域包括特拉华州多种多样的自然和文化遗产的一些最好的例子.

1990年,随着《十大赌博平台排行榜》的通过,特拉华州获得开放空间土地和保护地役权的过程被编纂成法典.  DNREC的土地保护办公室通过确定具有高生态价值的地区来实施这项法律,并通过与希望保护其财产不受开发和永久保护的土地所有者合作来保护这些地区. Since the law was passed in 1990, over 57,000 acres of the Delaware landscape has been protected from development.


James River

横跨詹姆斯河的500千伏输电线路悬挂在一系列塔上, some about 300 feet tall that are visible from Jamestown Island, America’s first permanent English settlement.

Chesapeake Conservancy joined the National Trust in declaring the river endangered, 他指出,詹姆斯河被许多人认为是我们国家的开国之河,也是约翰·史密斯船长切萨皮克国家历史步道的锚.

Fones Cliffs

A private donor, 十大赌博正规老平台协会和NFWF帮助将465英亩的祖传家园归还给拉帕汉诺克部落. However, nearby land along Fones Cliffs remains unprotected and vulnerable.

Mallows Bay

Photo credit: Don Shomette

Mallows Bay – Potomac River is home to the “Ghost Fleet,” where years ago, 紧急舰队公司在1917年至1919年间建造的船只一旦不再需要就会被击沉. It is an amazing place to kayak that is steeped in our nation’s history, a thriving ecological habitat, and is just a short drive from the capital of the United States.

Since 2015, 十大赌博正规老平台协会一直致力于将马洛湾-波托马克河指定为切萨皮克的第一个国家海洋保护区.