Chesapeake Bay Executive Order
Protection and Restoration

Final Chesapeake Working Lands Conservation Strategy Released

October 02 2014

USDA presents this final Chesapeake Working Lands Conservation Strategy.  This document supports the EO Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which includes an outcome to permanently protect (i.e. through easements, etc.) an additional 2 million acres between 2010-2025, including 695,000 acres of high value forest land. USDA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the United States Forest Service (FS), collaborated with Bay states and other partners to produce this Strategy. Public input was solicited for a 60-day period earlier this year.  This Strategy emphasizes the importance of protecting working lands to support environmental, economic, and community goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including water quality goals and the Chesapeake TMDL. It also summarizes opportunities to strengthen working lands protection in the Bay, including recommended actions to advance these goals over the long term.


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