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

January 27, 2016

Captain John Smith Chesapeake Trail 10th Anniversary Coincides with National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary

January 25, 2016

Douglas Wheeler Named Conservancy Chairman of the Board, Chesapeake Conservancy Welcomes Five New Board Members

January 05, 2016

Veteran Conservationist Joins Chesapeake Conservancy

December 18, 2015

Chesapeake Conservancy Applauds Federal Funding for Conservation and Public Access

December 16, 2015

Reauthorization and Increased Funding of Land & Water Conservation Fund Will Be a Victory for the Chesapeake

December 09, 2015

Esri Receives Champions of the Chesapeake Award