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1 U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey Jonathan Doherty National Park Service

2 Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative

3 What are Chesapeake landscapes?

4 Blackwater

5 Great Falls of the Potomac

6 Lancaster County Pennsylvania

7 Susquehanna Water Gap

8 Shenandoah Valley

9 Eastern Shore

10 Tidewater Virginia

11 Tangier Island

12 Why Treasured?

13 Heritage

14 Tradition

15 History

16 Wildlife

17 Health

18 Recreation

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20 Sense of Place

21 51 Units of the National Park System 4 National Trails 171 Chesapeake Bay Gateways Why the National Park Service?

22 Executive Order Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

23 Protect an additional 2 million acres of lands currently identified as high conservation priorities at the local, state or federal level by 2025, including 695,000 acres of forest land of highest value for maintaining water quality. (Current condition: approximately 7.8 million acres protected watershed-wide)Protect an additional 2 million acres of lands currently identified as high conservation priorities at the local, state or federal level by 2025, including 695,000 acres of forest land of highest value for maintaining water quality. (Current condition: approximately 7.8 million acres protected watershed-wide) Increase public access to the Bay and its tributaries by adding 300 new public access sites by (Current condition: 754 public sites in DC, MD, PA, VA)Increase public access to the Bay and its tributaries by adding 300 new public access sites by (Current condition: 754 public sites in DC, MD, PA, VA) Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative Goals

24 Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative Action Overview – Land Conservation & Public Access Launch Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative. Coordinate and target federal land conservation funding. Identify culturally significant landscapes. Establish watershed-wide GIS-based land conservation targeting system. Conserve landscapes through National Park Service partnership areas. Consider a new unit of the National Park System for Chesapeake. Achieve conservation goals through Natl Wildlife Refuge partnerships. Develop a Bay-wide strategy to reduce the loss of farms and forests. Support creation and expansion of protected coastal and marine areas. Provide community assistance for landscape conservation. Develop integrated transportation, land use, housing and infrastructure plans. Develop a plan to expand public access. Prioritize funding for public access development.

25 Focus partners land conservation fundingFocus partners land conservation funding Foster strategic coordinationFoster strategic coordination Incorporate all local, state and federal prioritiesIncorporate all local, state and federal priorities Build on existing workBuild on existing work Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative Land Conservation Targeting System Coastal & Estuarine Land Conservation Program Wetlands Reserve & Farm & Ranch Lands Protection Programs

26 Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative Land Conservation Targeting System

27 Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative Land Conservation Targeting System

28 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

29 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

30 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

31 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

32 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

33 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

34 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

35 States Counties Protected Lands Virginia Priorities (partial) Maryland Priorities (partial) Pennsylvania Priorities (partial) National Trail Landscapes Public Access Sites Land Conservation Targeting System

36 PartnersEngaging Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative Land Conservation Targeting System


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