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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Keep up to date with the Conservancy

October 20, 2016

Chesapeake Conservancy Creates Stormwater Tool for York County

October 14, 2016

The Chesapeake Conservancy worked with Richmond-based Terrain360 to map more than 92 miles of 360-degree imaging of the Patapsco River to create interactive views of this beautiful river along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

September 14, 2016

The Chesapeake Conservancy today released a tour of the Rappahannock River, allowing viewers to experience one of the Chesapeake’s most pristine rivers, including breathtaking 360-degree images of Fones Cliffs, from their computer, smart phone, or tablet.

September 14, 2016

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and its principal partner Chesapeake Conservancy have released a series of six videos promoting their partnership website

September 01, 2016

The Chesapeake Conservancy is pleased to announce that Jake Leizear has come aboard as a 2016-17 Chesapeake Conservation Corps member.

August 25, 2016

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded funding to the Chesapeake Conservancy for a major restoration and conservation initiative in the Susquehanna River watershed.