Chesapeake Conservancy is a nonprofit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. We are a team of 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.
With global calls to protect 30% of land by 2030 as a climate solution, Chesapeake Conservancy uses artificial intelligence and groundbreaking data to accelerate progress in conserving landscapes vital to the Bay’s health and its cultural heritage while equitably connecting people to the Chesapeake.
As principal partner for the National Park Service on the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, we’ve helped create 206 new public access sites. We are a leading organization in the coalition advocating for the Chesapeake National Recreation Area, which would bring National Park Service status to the Chesapeake Bay.
Together with our partners, we have permanently protected some of the Bay’s special places like Werowocomoco, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Fort Monroe National Monument, Elktonia Beach and Pissacoack along Fones Cliffs on the Rappahannock River.
Chesapeake Conservancy serves as a catalyst for change, advancing strong public and private partnerships, developing and using new technology and driving innovation throughout our work. We empower the conservation community with access to the latest data and technology.
We work in close partnership with the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as other federal, state and local agencies, private foundations and corporations to advance conservation.