Our focus is to conserve and restore the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.


We believe the Chesapeake is a national treasure that should be healthy, accessible to everyone, and its watershed a place where people and wildlife thrive.


To conserve and restore the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.

We serve as a catalyst for change, advancing strong public and private partnerships, developing and using new technology and empowering environmental stewardship.

Our objective is to accelerate progress to conserve 30% of the Chesapeake watershed by 2030 by equitably connecting people to the Chesapeake while conserving and restoring priority lands and waters.


Protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay requires diversity in perspective and practice.

Chesapeake Conservancy understands that protecting and restoring the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed require intentional commitment to inclusive practices and narratives within the conservation movement. Through our work we celebrate and elevate the people, places and cultures of the region, especially by engaging underrepresented communities. Committing to the values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice is critical to achieve our vision of a Chesapeake that is healthy, accessible to everyone and a place where people and wildlife thrive. To that end, we commit ourselves to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice both in our programmatic priorities and our internal organizational development through inclusive recruitment of staff and board members and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.

  • Advocate for and implement the priorities of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail) in partnership with the National Park Service
  • Quantify the conservation movement and empower environmental stewards
  • Defend and expand conservation, recreation and restoration programs
  • Enhance collaboration and leverage partnerships
  • Develop replicable approaches

What We Do


Connect people to the natural, cultural and recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake watershed – including its rivers, tributaries, landscapes and historic places. Implement Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail) and Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network in partnership with the National Park Service.


Work with partners and leverage data-driven strategies to conserve 30% of the Chesapeake watershed’s lands by 2030 and the special places that are important to diverse communities, indigenous tribes, and visitors and that preserve the Chesapeake watershed for this and future generations.


Expedite the Chesapeake watershed restoration effort by leveraging data-driven strategies and partnerships to meet regional habitat and water quality standards and provide their associated community benefits.


Infuse diversity-based policies and practices in our culture that are essential for the success of Chesapeake Conservancy’s mission.


Ensure adequate funding, staff, controls and proficiencies to remain the key partner for connecting, conserving and restoring land and water in the Chesapeake watershed, including with the Earl Conservation Center at Quiet Waters Park.

Message from the Chairman & President

Chesapeake Conservancy President & CEO Joel Dunn and Board Chair Randall Larrimore celebrate 10 years of Dunn’s leadership

Reflecting on 2021

Into the second year of the global pandemic, there was still so much that we did not know, but as a society, we hung onto hope. As an organization, Chesapeake Conservancy seized on that feeling of hope as inspiration for our conservation work and our work to strengthen communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

We set our sights on the future, using technology and innovation to help our watershed prepare for climate change resiliency. We led by example as we committed to greater diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our organization, and we welcomed new cabinet secretaries and other leaders as these principles took hold in the conservation movement nationally and locally. We partnered to open new parks, provide bilingual programming and increase public access to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

As more people turned to nature for solace and recreation during the pandemic, they strengthened their relationship with the outdoors and inspired others to join them. This is something our society will not give up. Our love of the great outdoors is here to stay, and our federal, state and local parks must keep up with that demand.

Thankfully, policymakers are starting to respond with new ideas and investments for parks and other public lands, and Chesapeake Conservancy is ready to support these initiatives. Hope abounds as we do the work of conserving land and restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay with the active inclusion of all stakeholders, especially those who are or have been historically excluded and separated from meaningful involvement and participation.

Thank you for your support that made so many achievements possible. We are proud to share this reflection of 2021, a year during which we helped create new parks, advance the proposed Chesapeake National Recreation Area, use innovation and technology to empower Chesapeake restoration, form new conservation partnerships and conserve hundreds of acres–with success stories across the watershed. Chesapeake Conservancy has pledged to help Pennsylvania restore the health of 30 agriculturally impaired streams by 2030, embraced the Biden Administration’s commitment to conserving 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030 and renewed our commitment to saving 30% of the Chesapeake Bay watershed by 2030. It is hope for the future that inspires this work.

2021 Board of Directors

Randall W. Larrimore, Chair

Mark Belton, Vice Chair

Leslie Delagran, Treasurer

Marc Bunting, Secretary

Maite Arce

Rich Batiuk

Thad Bench

Michael Brubaker

 Joel E. Dunn

Matthew Earl

Colin Harrington

Verna Harrison

Pamela D. Marks

Stephanie Meeks

John G. Neely

Mamie A. Parker, PhD

John J. Reynolds

Chief G. Anne Richardson

Jeffrey Sabot

Nancy B. Walters, PhD

Molly Joseph Ward

Beattra Wilson

Honorary Members
Gilbert M. Grosvenor
US Senator John Warner (ret.)

Emeritus Directors

Patrick F. Noonan

Charles A. Stek

2021 Chesapeake Council

David Blitzer
Keith Campbell
Charles H. “Chip” Collins
Dr. Wilton “Wilt” Corkern
Lavinia Currier
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Elinor Farquhar
Sid Jamieson
Amanda Savage Mahoney
Joan Murray
Truman Semans, Sr.
Nancy Merrill Sullivan
Ann Swanson
John Turner
H.W. “Skip” Wieder
Steven Williams

2021 Chesapeake
Conservancy Staff

Michael Bowman, Partnership Communications Coordinator
Mark Conway, Executive Vice President of Programs
Jody Couser, Senior Vice President of Communications
Jacob Czawlytko, Geospatial Data Engineer
Carly Dean, Program Manager
Joel E. Dunn, President & CEO
Melissa Ehrenreich, Senior Vice President of
Development & Business Strategy
Kelsey Everett, Partnership Digital Resources Associate
Jenna Feinauer, Bilingual Interpretive Outreach Assistant
Ellen Gardner, CFO/Senior Vice President of Finance
Adrienne Gemberling, Senior Project Manager
John Griffin, Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Program Manager
Ryan Hill, Project Coordinator/Geospatial Analyst
Louis Keddell, Geospatial Program Manager
Elliott Kurtz, Senior Geospatial Analyst
Emilie Lahneman, Development & Annual Fund Coordinator
Isabel Layton, Bilingual Interpretive Outreach Assistant
Jacob Leizear, Conservation GIS Project Manager
Amelia Lowe, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member
Kumar Mainali, Senior Data Scientist
Patrick McCabe, Geospatial Analyst
Joseph McCauley, Chesapeake Fellow
Emily Mills, Geospatial Technology Manager
Susan Minnemeyer, Vice President of Technology
Mary Molloy, Geospatial Analyst
Erin Montgomery, Communications Associate
Mende Naylor, Executive Assistant
Matias Orrego, Bilingual Interpretive Outreach Assistant
Reed Perry, Manager of External Affairs
Matthew Provost, Vice President of Development
Gabrielle Roffe, Manager of Equity & Community Engagement
Frank Rohrer, Restoration Project Advisor
David Saavedra, Senior Geospatial Technical Lead
Daniel Salomón, Bilingual Interpretive Outreach Assistant
Julian Segovia, Bilingual Interpretive Outreach Assistant
Helen Sieracki, Human Resources Coordinator
Khadija Smith, Geospatial Analyst Intern
Rachel Soobitsky, Geospatial Program Manager
Lisa Spallitta, Accounting Coordinator
Susan Stephenson, Grants & Contracts Specialist
Katie Walker, Geospatial Program Manager
Michael Walker, Restoration Project Advisor
Emily Wiggans, Senior Geospatial Analyst
Nicholas Wright, Geospatial Analyst Intern



Secured more than $40 million in federal funds (FY15-21) to protect more than 7,000 acres of land at national parks, wildlife refuges and forests in the Chesapeake along with partners through the Land and Water Conservation Fund program. Chesapeake Conservancy is committed to conserving 30% of the Chesapeake by 2030. Today, 22% of the watershed is conserved. Together, with your support, we can reach the 30% goal.

Established the Conservation Innovation Center to empower the conservation community with access to the latest data and technology. Our team of geospatial analysts worked with partners to produce 1-meter-resolution land cover data for approximately 100,000 square miles of land in and surrounding the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the Chesapeake Bay Program. This data is open for all land conservation entities, large or small, to use to implement precision conservation. We continue to create tools for our partners to command the data and drive impressive change on the ground.

Through land conservation, restoration and empowering the conservation community with the latest data and technology, we are working every day to slow climate change and help communities become more resilient.

We partner with NPS Chesapeake and others to protect and/or expand our special places and restore our great rivers.
  • Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network for 194 new access sites
  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail)
  • Mallows Bay–Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
  • Werowocomoco
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
  • Fort Monroe National Monument
  • George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
  • James River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Creation and expansion of state and local parks


More than 18 million people call the Chesapeake home and have fallen in love with its awesome landscapes and rivers. So much so that thousands of acres of open space disappear each year. Thank you for your help in protecting the Bay for generations to come. We can make incredible change together.

“When we are gone, what is going to do the most good? We have made a home with nature, we’ve enjoyed it. Now it is incumbent upon us to pass those treasures on to future generations.”

Charles and Mary Dankmeyer, members of our Seven Generations Society who have left a planned gift for Chesapeake Conservancy in their will.

You can have an impact through either a one-time gift, multi-year pledge, life income gift or through a bequest. To learn more about contributing through your will, visit our website.

Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount is truly appreciated. Our tax ID number is 26-2271377.



National Park Service Chesapeake Office

For more than a decade, Chesapeake Conservancy has worked hand in hand with the National Park Service Chesapeake Office (NPS Chesapeake) as its principal nonprofit partner developing the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and supporting the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

Congress established the Gateways Program in 1998, which has enabled NPS Chesapeake to provide approximately $24 million in financial and technical assistance for more than 360 projects in communities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, improving Bay access and fueling our thriving outdoor recreation economy.

Chesapeake Conservancy Executive Vice President of Programs Mark Conway and NPS Chesapeake Superintendent Wendy O’Sullivan

Bilingual Rangers

Returning for a third year, Chesapeake Conservancy’s partnership bilingual interpretive outreach program expanded to include nine Maryland state parks, including Bill Burton Fishing Pier, Cunningham Falls, Greenbrier, Gunpowder, Janes Island, Patapsco Valley, Point Lookout, Sandy Point and Seneca. The “Es Mi Parque” team provided outreach, engagement, translation services and programming to all nine state parks. They also performed visitor use surveys to understand how Latinx visitors were accessing and using the parks’ resources. Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) will use the data from the surveys to further expand the program and provide additional resources to better engage their Latinx visitors. This collaborative partnership includes NPS, Chesapeake Conservancy, MD DNR, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail)

Superintendent Jerri Marr

Chesapeake Conservancy is a proud partner for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail), a 3,000-mile-long water and land trail that highlights the landscapes of the American Indians who lived in the Chesapeake region, the voyages of Captain John Smith and his crew from 1607–1609 and the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Since the trail’s founding in 2006, we have assisted in increasing public access and protecting the land it traverses.

In 2021, Chesapeake Conservancy welcomed Jerri Marr as the new superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park. She also oversees Fort Monroe National Monument and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail).

From hosting its second Maritime Crafts Field School, to celebrating two new parks created along the Nanticoke River, the Chesapeake Trail had many successes in 2021.

Over the next couple of years, we look forward to assisting in opening to the public the archeological site of Werowocomoco, an important Powhatan Indian town on the York River, as well as supporting a variety of education, conservation and development efforts around the entire trail.


Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, center, front

Strengthening and Forming Conservation Partnerships

Most conservation achievements involve multiple partners. In 2021, we celebrated our existing partnerships while forming new ones. On Earth Day, April 22, Chesapeake Conservancy joined with partners to welcome Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks to Vienna, Maryland, to highlight the Middle Chesapeake Sentinel Landscape Partnership, a significant tool for conservation on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Bureau of Land Management Eastern States held a ceremony in November commemorating the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chesapeake Conservancy at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Lorton, Virginia.

Chesapeake Conservancy was selected to participate as a member of the second cohort of the International Land Conservation Network’s (ILCN) Large Landscape Peer Learning Initiative. This initiative connects conservation practitioners around the world to build relationships, share insights, advance strategies and solve problems.

318 Acres Conserved in Dorchester County, Maryland

A partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the United States Department of the Navy, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The Conservation Fund (TCF), Mt. Cuba Center and Chesapeake Conservancy conserved 318 acres in the Nanticoke Rural Legacy Area on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With the acquisition of this conservation easement, known as the Eberspacher tract, from a consenting landowner, the Nanticoke Rural Legacy Area now contains over 24,000 acres of preserved land.

Pennsylvania Goal to Restore 30 Agriculturally Impaired Streams by 2030

On Earth Day, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined with Chesapeake Conservancy and local conservation partners to announce a new collaborative environmental initiative for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to restore the health of 30 agriculturally impaired streams by 2030. Many community partners have engaged in this effort, including the Pennsylvania departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Susquehanna University, seven county conservation districts, as well as the dozens of nonprofits, research institutions and local, federal and state agencies involved with the Central Pennsylvania Precision Conservation Partnership, Lancaster Clean Water Partners and the Live Stake Collaborative.

Report: Private Conservation Finance Critical to Restoring the Chesapeake Bay

In May 2021, the Environmental Policy Innovation Center and Chesapeake Conservancy released a comprehensive new report, Private Conservation Finance: The Chesapeake Bay’s Global Lead and How to Expand It. The report examines the programs and initiatives involving private conservation finance in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C. that are connected to the health of the Chesapeake Bay’s waters and ecosystems. Authors of the report estimate that approximately $4.2 billion of private investment has been deployed over the past 20 years to benefit Chesapeake conservation goals.

270 Acres Conserved in Wicomico County, Maryland

A 270-acre, family-owned farm on Rewastico Creek in Wicomico County, Maryland, is permanently conserved thanks to a collaborative approach. Partners included Wicomico County, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Rural Legacy Program, U.S. Navy through the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT), Chesapeake Conservancy, Mt. Cuba Center, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Healthy Watersheds Consortium. Approximately 70 acres of agricultural land and 200 acres of forest and forested wetlands are now conserved in an extensive area of protected lands in and around the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area.

Grand Opening Oyster House Park

Chesapeake Conservancy and partners celebrated the grand opening of a new park along the Chesapeake Trail in Seaford, Delaware. Oyster House Park, located at the site of the old J.B. Robinson Oyster House, opened for the public to enjoy the expanded river walk, fishing nooks, performance deck, boat docking facilities and a kayak launch along the Nanticoke, one of the most pristine rivers of the Chesapeake.

Nanticoke Crossing Park

Chesapeake Conservancy and partner Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) celebrated the protection of 41 acres along the Nanticoke River in Delaware, now opened to the public as the new Nanticoke Crossing Park. The park includes 29 acres of a mixed hardwood-pine forest, 12 acres of open area with large canopy trees and 1,900 feet of meandering shoreline with healthy, freshwater tidal, wetland plants. This is the 21st parcel protected through the Chesapeake Conservancy’s partnership with Mt. Cuba Center for a total of 3,050 acres. Other conservation partners involved in the project include Sussex County Council, U.S. Navy via its Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program, Delaware Open Space Program and Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.


30 by 30

In January, Chesapeake Conservancy welcomed President Biden’s announcement of a new national goal to conserve at least 30% each of the nation’s lands and waters by the year 2030 in order to protect America’s wildlife and natural landscapes.

In concert with this national initiative, Chesapeake Conservancy embarked on a 30% by 2030 conservation and restoration goal for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Chesapeake Conservancy believes that the Bay watershed is an ideal proving ground for a U.S. 30% by 2030 conservation and restoration goal.

Morgan State University Internship Program

Charles County Government partnered with Chesapeake Conservancy to hire two student interns from Morgan State University, Khadija Smith and Nicholas Wright, through its Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) Summer Internship program.

Chesapeake Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center mentored the summer interns as they worked on projects to map opportunities to improve access to green space, protected areas and recreational opportunities for underserved communities in Charles County, Maryland. The PEARL Summer Internship program develops students’ skills in project design, fieldwork, laboratory research and scientific writing. Chesapeake Conservancy provided the students with training and work experience in using geospatial analysis to support land use planning and conservation goals.

Watch “Your Charles County” episode on the program.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

In November, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bipartisan legislation that invests more than $1 trillion in infrastructure projects across the United States. The funding includes $238 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program over five years to help provide tools to mitigate impending climate impacts and restore the health of the Chesapeake.

Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA)

The coalition of partners and organizations that joined together in 2020 to support the call for a Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA) continued to build momentum for this “21st-century park.”

In March, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) formed a working group to consider legislation that would establish the CNRA, a new unit of the National Park System. The working group includes more than 30 regional organizations representing a diverse set of stakeholders such as the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Chesapeake Bay environmental nonprofits, representatives from the watermen community, marine manufacturers, diversity and inclusion-focused organizations, conservation groups and national park experts.

A Chesapeake Bay area survey of voters commissioned by Hispanic Access Foundation and the Chesapeake Conservancy, and conducted by David Binder Research, found that Latinos in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia strongly support increasing public access to the Bay and helping secure funding for its restoration. In fact, 84% of Latino voters would support the creation of a CNRA.

The proposed CNRA would be a collection of parks and other public lands in the Chesapeake Bay that through NPS status would bring national and international attention to the Bay’s significant natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources. Formally connected through partnerships between the National Park Service and communities and states, these parks would become the CNRA and tell a consistent narrative about the nation’s largest estuary and one of the world’s largest environmental restoration efforts. Visit www.united4cnra.com to learn more.

Maryland Governor Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

The year started off strong with the Maryland General Assembly passage of the state budget for fiscal year (FY) 2022, which provides substantial funding to support Maryland state and local parks and open space protection.

The FY 22 budget provided full funding—a total of $178.9 million—for Maryland’s Program Open Space. The General Assembly also included repayments to Program Open Space from past diversions to the General Fund, and the budget directed nearly $23 million to address critical maintenance at state parks. Additionally, in response to a significant increase in local park usage during the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly also included an additional $85 million to support local park improvements.

FY22 Federal Appropriations

Chesapeake Conservancy celebrated President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposal that included significant and much-needed investments in land conservation and environmental protection initiatives, including for the Chesapeake Bay. The president’s proposed budget increased funding for EPA Geographic Programs, which includes the Chesapeake Bay Program. Additionally, it provided substantial funding for federal conservation programs and funding for many other federal programs supporting conservation and public access in the Chesapeake Bay, including the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office.


Online Tools for Landowners Considering Conservation Options

Thanks to a partnership of conservation organizations, landowners considering conservation in Maryland’s Frederick and Washington counties; Virginia’s Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page and Warren counties; and West Virginia’s Jefferson and Berkeley counties have access to three new online tools to better understand and incentivize their options.

The tools will help landowners better understand the importance of the environmental and cultural features of their properties, perhaps incentivizing them to choose conservation and better protect their land. This work was funded by the Land Trust Alliance’s Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative grant program. Partners included the Safe Water Conservation Collaborative (SWCC), the Heart of Maryland Conservation Alliance (HMCA) and the Shenandoah Valley Conservation Collaborative (SVCC), which enlisted the expertise of Chesapeake Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center (CIC).

Partners Highlight James River Water Quality Achievements

The Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE), Chesapeake Conservancy and The Commons released a new visual graphic computer platform called a “StoryMap,” highlighting achievements in improving water quality of the James River in Virginia made possible by the endowment’s grant program, the James River Water Quality Improvement Program (JRWQIP). Produced by the Chesapeake Conservancy’s CIC, the new StoryMap highlights some of the achievements made by the grantees since the grant program began in 2018, including new riparian buffers, agricultural pollution reduction practices, living shorelines, stream restoration projects and investments in the Jamestown region. JRWQIP grantees track details and impacts of their work using an online platform called FieldDoc, which was developed and is maintained by The Commons to manage and visualize progress.

Virginia Study Shows Efforts to Improve Water Quality Also Counter Climate Warming

In August, the CIC issued a report Climate Benefits of Chesapeake Bay Restoration in Virginia, which examined how efforts to improve water quality in Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed have also provided a secondary benefit of helping to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The results of this study indicate that a large opportunity exists for accelerating climate action within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Solar Siting Study for St. Mary’s County, Maryland

At a 2021 meeting of the St. Mary’s County Solar Task Force, the CIC presented a new report: Optimal Solar Siting for St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Using geospatial analysis, the report identifies optimal solar sites and answers the key question: Are enough optimal sites available to meet St. Mary’s County’s renewable energy goals for solar energy while avoiding impacts to agriculture and the environment?

The analysis results showed St. Mary’s County offers significant optimal opportunities for solar placement in the existing built environment that would minimally impact the natural landscape or prime agricultural land including on rooftops of commercial and residential buildings, above parking lots as solar canopies, on capped landfills, around the Marlay-Taylor Wastewater Reclamation Facility and on county-owned properties.

First Map of Ground-Mounted Solar Arrays

In March, using artificial intelligence (AI) and satellite imagery, Defenders of Wildlife and Chesapeake Conservancy partnered to make a dataset available for the first time that will enable researchers in a variety of fields to understand patterns of solar development and estimate environmental effects for the Chesapeake region. This project, funded by a grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund Inc., mapped ground-mounted solar arrays—a collection of multiple solar panels—to get an understanding of how solar is being built across the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

A complete, up-to-date inventory of solar arrays has never been available for the Chesapeake region. This groundbreaking data will allow researchers in a variety of fields to understand patterns of solar development and estimate their environmental effects for the region.


Chesapeake Conservancy and the NPS Chesapeake serve as co-conveners of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, a coalition of organizations and agencies collaborating to conserve culturally and ecologically important landscapes to benefit people, economies and nature throughout the six-state watershed.  As of 2021, we are 68% of the way to achieving the goal of protecting 2 million acres by 2025.

2021 Success Stories

Chesapeake Conservation Partnership created a web-based microsite to share the growing number of conservation successes throughout the watershed from 2021.

Visit success.chesapeakeconservation.org to learn more.


NPS Chesapeake and Chesapeake Conservancy inspire people to get out and enjoy all that the Chesapeake region has to offer through their partnership website, FindYourChesapeake.com, and weekly e-newsletter, Trips and Tips. We know that when people fall in love with a place, they will work to help protect it. The website is tourism-focused and helps residents and visitors explore over 370 special places around the Chesapeake watershed, many at  Chesapeake Gateways sites and along the Chesapeake Trail.


Chesapeake Conservancy helps people connect with nature and the Chesapeake Bay through its wildlife webcams, which feature ospreys, peregrine falcons and great blue herons. The cams are a fascinating and addicting way to observe the wonders of nature. We are grateful for our partnerships with explore.org, the Crazy Osprey Family, Transamerica and the owner of the great blue heron rookery for the generosity that makes these webcams possible. Millions of viewers from all over the world watched the cams in 2021. The osprey and peregrine stories in particular are wonderful to share with our viewers as true conservation success stories. Both species faced extinction in the 1970s due to the effects of the pesticide DDT. Today they have rebounded in the Chesapeake thanks to the ban on DDT and the careful work of ornithologists and conservationists such as The Peregrine Fund. Their stories are ideal to highlight because they prove that we humans can turn things around while helping to connect people to the Chesapeake Bay.
While nothing beats the experience of seeing the beauty of the Chesapeake firsthand, we’ve created 14 virtual river tours along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail). Similar to Google Street View, the virtual tours can help you plan your next adventure. Take a virtual tour, scope out the access site you plan to use or just soak in the beauty from your screen with the perspective of a paddler.


Have you checked out our podcast, Chesapeake Conversations, hosted by Joel Dunn? Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest and longest-running ecosystem restoration efforts in the world. Over the last 50 years, billions of dollars have been invested to restore the Bay, and the world is watching to see how the Chesapeake responds. Chesapeake Conversations takes an in-depth look at what’s working for the Chesapeake and what’s not and features interviews with diverse conservation leaders. Chesapeake Conversations is produced by Platform Media, LLC with music by Scott McDaniel from Wild Echo Media. Find us on Apple, Spotify or wherever you download your podcasts. Subscribe now!


Since 2014, Chesapeake Conservancy’s annual Champions of the Chesapeake awards have recognized individuals and organizations from across the region for exemplary leadership and dedication to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake’s natural systems and cultural resources.

The 2021 Champions of the Chesapeake are Marcus Kohl and Jason Fellon, employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Jonathan Doherty, assistant superintendent of the NPS Chesapeake, who retired after 41 years with the National Park Service.

Jonathan Doherty

From left to right: Chesapeake Conservancy Board Member John Reynolds, Champion of the Chesapeake Jonathan Doherty, Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn and NPS Chesapeake Superintendent Wendy O’Sullivan

Marcus Kohl

Regional Director, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Jason Fellon

Watershed Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Sound stewardship of financial resources demonstrated by a clean audit

Accepted as a nonprofit partner in the 1% for the Planet network

Awarded 4-star rating from Charity Navigator


Our sincere appreciation to the individual, foundation and corporate donors who have made our work possible. We truly appreciate your generosity.


Carol Remmer Angle
Blue Waters Foundation
Bunting Family Foundation
Carl M. Freeman Foundation
Mary and Charles Dankmeyer
Jimmy Earl
Farvue Foundation
Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
Grayce B. Kerr Fund, Inc.
Hamer Foundation
John G. and Jean R. Gosnell Foundation
Merrill Family Foundation
Barbara Moulton
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Shared Earth Foundation
TeraWulf Charitable Foundation
The Conservation Fund
The Helena Foundation
The MHE Foundation
Molly Ward
West Virginia Outdoor Heritage


Chesapeake Bay Trust
Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
H. Turney McKnight
Ed Hatcher and Angie Cannon
Randall Larrimore and Cathy Cutright
Roemer Foundation
The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
Virginia Outdoors Foundation


Bancroft Foundation
Leslie Delagran and Mark McConnell
James M. and Margaret V. Stine Foundation
Carolyn Marshall
The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation
Virginia S. Warner Foundation


Anonymous (2)
Don and Becky Anderson
Curtis Backus
Barbara Bass
Scott Beatty
Mark and Mary Belton
Aaron Bowden
Bradley and Kathryn Callahan Family Foundation
Mike Brubaker
Marc Bunting
James Burden
Kevin Campion
Duncan Cocroft
Charlie Conklin
Kevin and Katie Cooke
Alex Corckran
Couser Family
Jeffrey Eckel
Elinor K. Farquhar Charitable Fund
Benjamin Fisher
Richard L. Franyo
Howard Freedlander
Greg Gershman
Thomas Guise
Paul Hagen
Handa Family Charitable Fund
Maria Heyssel
Joe and Martha Janney
Jay and Tara Joseph
Bess Langbein
Dale and Patricia Larrimore
Judy Larrimore
David Law
Lucie Lehmann
Lauren Maddox
Milford Marchant
Mariposa Fund
Joseph McCauley and Julia Herrick
Mark Mcculloh
John McDonnell
Patrick McGeehin
Patrick Miller
Martin Miller
John and Susan Neely
Joel Nelson
Ocean Atlantic Management
Leonard and Anna Pfeiffer
Piacentino Charitable Fund
Edward Quinn
Anna Quisel
Ray Family Foundation
Bill and Donna Roberts
Ted Rouse
Jeffrey Sabot
Sally E. Law Charitable Fund
Steven Schuh
Richard Scobey
Heather L. Ross and Edward L. Strohbehn Jr.
Amy Stump
John and Kimberly Thacker
The Campbell Foundation
Dan Tinker
Gordon and Christine Trapnell
David and Laura Urban
David and Maria Vershel
John Wakeman
Alice and Hill Wellford
Eric Zagorsky
John Zepp
Ziger Snead Architects

Great Blue Heron Club 

Sandra Anderson
Michael Avery
Tara Balfe Clifford
Nancy Bekavac
Thad Bench
Ann Bissell
Jonathan Carson
Cho-Packer Giving Fund
Tom and Lois Colberg
Mark Collins
Edmund Cronin
Clint Damuth
Sally Davidson
Brian Devincentis
Michael DuVall
Mike and Susan Eckhart
Paul Ferraro and Kristin Rowles
Jessica Flynn
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Kim Hansen
Verna Harrison and Bob Pelrine
Virginia Bice Hartman
Barbara Haupt
Marcia Henning
Laura Kelm
Peter and Linda Krivkovich
Bill and Leslie Lahneman
Will and Meg Lahneman
Jim Levitt
Regan Littell
Vicki Littell
Bruce Lowry
Laurence and Sue Manlove
Pamela Marks
Brian McCabe
Holly Mcculloh
Dennis W. Meadowcroft
Jamison Miller
Susan Moerschel
Liza and Sky Morehouse
Lloyd E. Oliver
Liam O’Meara
Mark and Karen Perreault
Christine Plummer
Robert Proutt
Mike Ruby
Bill and Wendy Schickler
Brenda Shaeffer
Robert and Maureen Shapter
Stephanie Short
Doug and Lynn Smarte
Melissa and Peter Smith
Earl Spangenberg
Fred Sprock
Charles Stek
Jim and Amy Stolarski
Erin Strunk
Ann and Eric Swanson
The Point Crab House and Grill Matthew Trotta
Lorie Tudor
Marcia Verploegen Lewis
Nancy Walters
Mark Warren
Warren Family Fund
Susanne and Harrison Wellford
David Wye
Mark Young and Rachel Carren

Eagle Club ($250-$499)

Anonymous (5)
Scott and Kathy Allan
Lisa Aszklar
Rich Batiuk
Susan Benac
Jason and Caryn Berstein
Jim and Shirley Blackwell
Curtis Bohlen
Elizabeth Buck
Megan Bundy
Bob and Jona Capra
Joan and David Carers
Kayla and Evan Carillo
Patricia Cavallaro
Jim Coffey
Steve Cohan
Julie Crudele
Larence Culleen
Robert Davis
Demetri Diavatis
Mary Clare Duffy
Melissa Ehrenreich
Gregory Flynn
Michael Gardiner
Betty M. Garrand
Kyle P. German
Crista Hajiantoni
Ryan and Jane Hall
Melinda and Terry Harris
Christine Hayes
John Holmes
Craig and Kathy Hougum
Chris Hufnell
Thomas Innes
Cacky Janssens
Michael Kasmir
Steve Kelly
Joel Koslow
Albert Krall
Andrew Kupchock
Chelsea Langaton
Ery Largay
Ned and Rebecca Lawson
Marcia Verploegen Lewis
James Lighthizer
Robert Loarie
Patricia Logan
Olympia Fiedler Lord
Christian Malone
Joseph and Anne Maroon
Amy Meyer
Melanie Miller
Mark Mobley
Kathy Moore
Mary Margaret Nousek
Keith O’Connor
Vinnie Odell
Raymond Odom
Kimberly Pell
Keith Pivonski
Vanessa Ritchie
Robin Rothman
Virginia Smith
Richard Springer
Jennifer Stone
Thomas Straehle
Joan Barton Sundheim
Rameez Tase
Karena Thek
Robin Vaughn
Louise Wagner
Kenneth Weems
C.D. Wrestler
Steven and Linda Wright
Hsin Hsin Yang
Claire Zarrilli

Osprey Club ($100-$249)

Anonymous (4)
Seth Ackerman
Madelyne Adams
Mary Alexander
Barbara Anderson
Sally Anderson
Gerardo Araiza
Rob and Elizabeth Aronson
Bryan Ashby
Cheryl Atkins
George Audi
Jennifer Aus
George Badenoch
Kellie Baldwin
David and Nancy Balliet
Elizabeth Barrett
Maureen Barrett
Susan Barron
Catherine Bauer
Melissa Beck
Susan Benac
John Benedetto
Tim and Kathy Berghoff
Natalie Bevan
Gordon Binder and Michael Rawson
Carleen Birnes
Cheryl Bishop
Gayle Blansett
Sarah Boggess
Paul Bollinger
Joanne Bond
Dave and Lisa Booze
Stephen Bourgeois
Jessie Bourke
Peter Bouxsein
Kevin Bowler
Richard and Margaret Boyd
Barbara Boyd
George Brill
Robin Broder
Ranelle Bruch
Jane Buch
Ann Burchard
Evelyn Burt
Mr. and Mrs. William Butler
Rebecca Byrd
Christine Byrne
Doug C.
Stacie Caeg
Elizabeth Campbell
Anna Capetanakis
Dale Carpenter
Chris Carpita
Meghann Carroll
Anna and David Castle
Carter-Minnemeyer Family
Keith Chapman
Alice Chiochetti
Michael Clark
Jeffrey Clark
Basil Clarke
Cara and Mike Clifford
Jane Cogswell
Ian Conner
Nolan and Christina Connor
Lindsay Cook
Daryl Cooke
Rosa Coowan
David Cosimano
Michelle Costa-Briggs
John Costello
John and Danielle Crawford
Mary Ann Cronin
Patricia Cronin
Sterling Cross
Darren and Joanne Crozier
Mary Ann Crozier
Carson Culp
Diana Dale
John and Anne Danneberger
Ronald and Loretta Davis
Brett Davis
Malcolm and Nancy Davis
Tim Davis
Carol Day
Jennifer Dean
Carol DeGarmo
Paula A. Degen
Christine DeGuzman
D. Cameron DeHeer
Carole Denton
Tim and Susan Derum
Deborah Deschamps
Brian Deutsch
Sandra Dodson
Diane Donato
Tim Donegan
Jason Dowell
Gene Downing
Michele Doyel
Nathan Dumas
Joel Dunn
Nicole Dunn
Greg Dusenberry
Jeanne Edwards
Susan Ehrenreich
Sarah Elder
John Eldridge
Dorry Emmer
Bob and Linda Ensor
Lindsey Erickson
Christopher Evans
Corinne Fantz
Gary Farr
Alessia Faverio
Brenda Faverio
Mark Feen
Mike Feldtmose
Kathleen Helen Felmey
Phil and Elizabeth Fields
Sherry Fisher
Dan Flagler
Mike Fleagle
Louis Fletcher
Francis Flynn
Andrew Forsyth
Caroline Foster
Molly Franey
Sarah Franey
Jill Fratanduono
Susan Fries
Chris Gabel
Frederick Galloway
Gerald Gallwas
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Garden Club of Twenty, Inc.
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Kip Gendell
Jeffrey Gilbert
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Ronald Gossard
James Gould
Bill Gourgey
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John and Michele Griffin
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Megan Hopkinson
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Harry Huntley
Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund
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Anita Jagt
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Patrick Manning
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Tom Martel
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June McCormick
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Melanie Miller
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Jack Moore
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Daniel Paquette
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Wendy Pirsig
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Ben Pope
Ann Powers
Kordell Prattis
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Josh Rawitch
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Devin Roman
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Susan Russell
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John Schreiber
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Dana Schultz
Lauren Schulz
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David Strobel
Valerye Strochak
Josh Sunderbruch
Mary Susinno
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The Jay and Kim Weitzel Charitable Fund
Larry Thompson
Melissa Thompson
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Don Trust
Peter Turcik
Katherine Tyra
Elizabeth Upton
Elizabeth Urbanski
Victor Urrutia
Amy Vaughn
Mary Vitullo
Robert Waldman
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Ann Wearmouth
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John Wellens
David J Weymer
Bob Whitcomb
Suellen Wideman
Carol Wiggans
Laura Wiggans
Mary Wigginton
Charlie and Jane Williams
Lee Williams
Taylor Williams
Sharee Williamson
Ben and Becky Wilson
Steve Wood
Woody Wood
Russell Wright
Ivan Wu
Stephen Wyne
Ava Y.
David Yang
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Uri Yokel
Alexander Young
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Belinda Acre
Peter Adams
Katherine Aina
Allison Albert
Lynn Alcock
Brian and Sarah Allenby
Jeff and Ashley Allenby
Marie Allocca
Andrew Almquist
Ishita Aloni
Sandra Altherr
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John Anderson
Nathaniel Anderson
William Anderson
Julie Andrews
Katelyn Arcement
Carl Armbruster
Tom Arnold
Robert Austin
Anna B
Emily Baczewski
Brian Bailey
Sydney Bailey
Michael Baker
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Mark Bandy
Juli Barnes
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Jennie Bathras
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Bonnie Becker
Elizabeth Beilman
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Marie Bell
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Sierra Billings
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Michelle Blevins
Christy Blucher
Frank Blume
Dave Blumenstock
Sarah Blynn
April Boera
Kristin Bohl
Kyle Booth
Angie Borja
Laurel Boyd
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Earl Brathwaite
Mary Breeding
Melanie Lynn Brevis
Robert Brilliant
Dennis Bronzert
Gary and Sharon Brown
Jeffrey Brown
Randy Brown
Judy Brunkow
Barry Buckley
Margaret Budk
Dave Buemi
Jeanne Bullen
Tara Burke
Sheila Burnett
Kenneth Burrows
Heather Burton
Avanthi Butah
William Butler
Tammy Callender
Emily Cameron
Bridget Campbell
Kristen Campbell
Greg Cantori
Barbara Capoferri
Stephen Carey
Abby Casarella
Susan Casey
Bill Cassidy
Missy Cassidy
Patty Cassidy
Jane Chambers
Jennifer Cheswick
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Anya Cho
Kerry Chubb
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Lawrence Civale
Sally Claggett
Patricia Cleavenger
Mike Clemens
Stan Cobb
Linda Colacioppo
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Ursula Contostavlos
John Cook
Landy Cook
Mary Cooley
Joyce Cooper-Kahn
Ashley Cornwell
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Karen Cosgrove
Jack Cover
Becky Coward
Ashley Cox
Lise Crafton
Matt Crawford
Kelly Creeden
James Crockett
Adrienne Croll
Deana Crumbling
Regena and James A. Crutchfield
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Faith Culp
Brigid Cummings
Joseph Cunniffe
Kenneth Curry
Gus Curtin
John Cushing
Jacob Czawlytko
Karen Daly
Janice Davis
Leah Davis
Gina Dawes
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Emily Deisroth
Jerilyn Deitch
Stephen Dejter
Marie Delaney
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Elaine Dennison
Ben Derhover
Christiane DeWitt
David Dickerson
Laurie Dietrich
Susan Diffenderffer
Sarah Dinneen
Ginger DiPietro
Jamie Doan
Alex Dodin
Alexis Dorsey
John Dougherty
Jeff Downey
Debbie Driscoll
Jennifer Duffy
Joyce Duffy-Bilanow
Cecelia Dunay
Justin Dunbar
Lianne Dunbar
Wayne Duncan
Stef Dunkerly
Barry Dunkin
Sarah Dunnigan
Carol Duvall
Renee McDermet Easter
Lauren Ebersberger
Eliot Edgar
Kathy Eikenberg
Lynda Eisenberg
Gerald Elder
Steve Elkinton
Melanie Emerson
Sheree Emerson
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Penelope Evans
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Mary Evert
Laura Fabian
Roger Fajman
Bryan Farrell
Angela Farrow
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David Faverio
El Faverio
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Diane Fernandez
Julianne DeGraw Fettus
Janet Finamore
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Wendy Forrester
Elaine Fors-MacKellar
Donna Fowler
Lori Fowler
Courtney Fox
C Franklin
Jennifer Freeland
Julie French
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Michael G
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Tami Galloway
Ellie Gardner
Alison Gary
John Gavin
Mark Gavrish
Abby Geismar
Brian Gelb
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Anne Geraci
Christine Gerbode
MJ Giannini
Christine Gill
Eliot Girsang
Carolyn Goddard
Joe and Jackie Goetz
Eleanor Goff
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Rob Graboski
Cass Grady
Lori Graf
Joe Graff
Sherry Graff
Jason Grant
Pamela Gregory
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Stephen Griffith
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Kate Grove
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Melissa Guercio
Taylor Guercio
Susan Gunning
Sharon Gustin
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Katherine Gypson
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Margaret Hall
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Julie Hamilton
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John Hancock
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Sophia Hardesty
Anna Harding
Elizabeth Harris
Deborah Harrison
Annie Hasselgren
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Catherine Hayo
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Eloise Hendrixson
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Courtney Henry
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Taylor Hickox
Karen Higby
Nancy Hill
Sherm Hill
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Nancy Hisky
Mike Hockesgon
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Rob Horne
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Mary Howes
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Marc Hunt
Lea Hurt
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Kelly Jennings
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Elizabeth Jones
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Pam Masella
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William McCreary
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Scott McDaniel
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Debra McKay
Paula Mcloud
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Steve Miller
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Wayne Mills
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Stephanie Molloy
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Carol Moore
Jane Moore
Nicole Morgan
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Kit Muller
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M Severance
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Ann Sharp
Kristen Sharp
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Tim Smith
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Jack Snell
Steven Snipes
Jason Snyder
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Barbara Anderson
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Matthew Hunley
Lucie Lehmann
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Anthony Ostuni
Kimberly Pell
Sara Ramotnik
Susie Riley
Ryan Scheuermann
Melissa and Peter Smith
Thomas Straehle
Mary Wigginton

Matching Gifts

Farvue Foundation
John G. and Jean R. Gosnell Foundation
Randall Larrimore
The Bancroft Foundation

In-Kind Gifts

Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
RHR International
Watermen’s  Museum

In Memoriam Honorees

Appraisal for Carr’s Beach/African American Heritage Area
B. Hunt Ashby
Gene Austin
Charlie Lee Byrd
Barbara Earley
Boh 2 and Barb Baltimore Falcons
Paul Fisher
Christopher Jeffers Forzano
Chrysostom Hajiantoni
Robert Wesley Jackson
Leonard Press
Kathy Lowry
Vincent Samuel Marino
Bruce R. McCurdy
My Birds Who Have Left the Earth.
My Dad, Thomas V Mike Miller Jr.
Kathleen M. Taddei
Tara and Abby
Senator John W. Warner

Donation Honorees

Audrey 2
Miles Buono
Charlotte Rosalie Canalichio
Carr’s Beach/Historic African American Heritage Park Appraisal
Chesapeake Conservancy staff
Jody Couser
Tammy, Tim, and Gabby Emeigh
Stephanie Hallouet
Ray Hoffman
Allan and Debby Kover
Dale G. Larrimore, Esquire
Lee and Cindie Leer and Family
Chrysa Long and Jim Riordan
Manhua and Sam
Peter Murakami
Carlyn Nelson
Pamela O’Connor
John Reynolds
The Blumenstocks
Richard B. Thompson
Dottie Trostle and Family
John Zepp and Tim Hirneisen
Ron Zepp and Family
John Zimmerman Sr

About the Chesapeake Conservancy

Chesapeake Conservancy is a nonprofit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. We are 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. We have embraced the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Gateways and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as an inspiration and framework for our work in the region. The Conservancy works in close partnership with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management Eastern States, as well as other federal, state, and local agencies, private foundations and corporations to advance conservation.


Contact Info

716 Giddings Avenue Suite 42
Annapolis, MD 21401
(443) 321 3610
[email protected]

    Photo Credits

    Opening Video: “Staff at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis” Emily Mills

    Chair and the President: Jody Couser

    Organizational Achievements: “Brown Pelican Rookery” Michael Weiss and “Executive Vice President and NPS Chesapeake Superintendent” Jody Couser, “Rangers on the Beach” Courtesy Photo; “Jerri Marr” NPS Superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park

    Your Gift Today: “3 Kayakers” Yazan Hasan

    2021 Accomplishments:

    “Earth Day Visit from Department of Defense” U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany A. Chase;  “Eberspacher Tract” The Nature Conservancy; “Wicomico Conservation” Jared Parks; “Creek Restoration” Peter Turcik; “Grand Opening Oyster House Park” City of Seaford; “Nanticoke Crossing Park” Jody Couser; “Bird River Aerial” Chesapeake Bay Program; “Sandy Point State Park” Michael Weiss; “U.S. Capitol” Amanda Walker; “Chesapeake Bay Bridge” Chesapeake Bay Program

    Virtual Connections: “Peregrine Falcon” Peter Turcik, “Joel Dunn” Mark Hamilton

    Champions of the Chesapeake: “Jason Fellon” and “Marcus Kohl” courtesy photos, “Jonathan Doherty” Jody Couser

    Closing Photo Montage: “Patuxent Research Refuge” Patrick McCabe; “Chocolate Labrador/Chesapeake Bay Retriever Mix and Family” Joel Dunn; “Boy at Beach” Sarah Ross; “Sailboat” David Sites; “Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum” Michael Weiss and “Snowy Owl” Michael Weiss