Chesapeake Trail


Champions of the Chesapeake

Champions of the Chesapeake 2018

Champions of the Chesapeake 2017

Champions of the Chesapeake 2015

I’m happy to join you tonight at the second annual Champions of the Chesapeake dinner, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 10th anniversary of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.  It is hard to believe, but this is my 12th year working on conservation in the Chesapeake. Read more here.



Land and Water Conservation Fund


50th Anniversary Event

On May 22, 2015, Chesapeake Conservancy’s President & CEO Joel Dunn joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; Congressman Steny Hoyer; Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze; and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Mark Belton, at an event highlighting the 50th Anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at Maryland’s Douglas Point, an area made possible by the fund. Read his full remarks.

Connecting Trails Designation

In May 2012 Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar designated four rivers as historic components connecting trails to the John Smith Chesapeake Trail. See a short video of the event here, including excerpts from Joel Dunn’s address.


June 12, 2012 — In this webinar presented by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kenney School, Joel Dunn, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Conservancy, and John Maounis, National Park Service Superintendent of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail described their collaborative efforts to pull together public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations throughout the Chesapeake watershed to achieve lasting conservation outcomes related to recreation, clean water, wildlife habitat conservation, and sustainable resource utilization. Click here to view the webinar.



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