Chesapeake Conservancy Celebrates Full Funding of Important Conservation Programs

Maryland’s FY 19 Budget Fully Funds Program Open Space and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn issued this statement following a bill signing ceremony where Governor Larry Hogan and the presiding officers signed the Fiscal Year 2019 budget bills, fully funding two programs that make a big impact on conservation for the state of Maryland. Program Open Space received $183 million in funding, and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund received $50 million in the FY 19 budget.

“Chesapeake Conservancy is thrilled that Maryland’s General Assembly approved Governor Hogan’s request to fully fund Program Open Space and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. This has been one of our top priorities for many years, and we’d like to thank the members of the General Assembly and Governor Hogan for creating a lasting legacy of conservation for future generations.

“When he was running for office, Governor Hogan pledged that he would fully fund Program Open Space, and we are pleased that this champion of the Chesapeake kept his campaign promise.”