Public Access

Today, access to the waters of the Bay and its rivers remains limited to less than 2 percent of the watershed's 11,600 mile tidal shoreline. Despite these limitations, participation in fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and other activities continues to grow. The Chesapeake Conservancy is dedicated to creating and improving public access sites throughout the region. Public access connects people to the watershed, instilling an appreciation for the region's natural and cultural resources, and inspiring a stewardship ethic among residents and visitors. 

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Land Conservation

The Chesapeake Conservancy is working hard to conserve our region's irreplaceable natural, cultural, and historic landscapes for future generations by empowering partnerships and employing innovative technologies and strategies. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail has become a catalyst for conservation initiatives and an important natural resource protection tool. The John Smith Chesapeake Trail provides the Conservancy and its partners with a framework for large landscape conservation across the watershed. 

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Wildlife Webcams

Explore the unique wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay through the Chesapeake Conservancy's wildlife webcams. Meet Boh & Barb, Baltimore's peregrine falcon pair, and Tom & Audrey, Kent Island's long-time osprey residents. Get a "bird's-eye view" of the Chesapeake through the lives of these fascinating birds. These birds are great indicators for how well we are doing at protecting the Chesapeake Bay. While the osprey have flown south for the winter, be sure to keep up with the webcams to keep track of the peregrines and the occasional seagull visitors at the osprey nest!

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Welcome to the Chesapeake Conservancy

The Chesapeake Conservancy envisions a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, and everyone enjoys healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces; as immortalized in Captain John Smith's voyage of exploration, a place of natural wonder, rich in cultural traditions, treasured and conserved for all. 

The Chesapeake Conservancy's mission is to strengthen the connection between people and the watershed, conserve the landscapes and special places that sustain the Chesapeake's unique natural and cultural resources, and restore landscapes, rivers, and habitats in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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July 07, 2016

More than 1,000 people voted in a survey to name the offspring viewable on the Chesapeake Conservancy's wildlife webcams. Names were submitted by donors to the Conservancy for the osprey, great blue heron, and peregrine falcon chicks.

June 30, 2016

Chesapeake Conservancy Featured as “Thought Leader” at Esri International User Conference

June 20, 2016

Outward Bound Baltimore Inspires Environmental Stewardship Ethic in Young Explorers

June 02, 2016

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay office and Chesapeake Conservancy are pleased to support events along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail on National Trails Day and Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.

April 25, 2016

Melissa Ehrenreich Joins Chesapeake Conservancy as Director of Development

April 22, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Region Receives $1M for Conservation through 2016 REPI Challenge