Chesapeake Bay Executive Order
Protection and Restoration

Draft Chesapeake Working Lands Conservation Strategy

January 02 2014

USDA presents this draft of the Chesapeake Working Lands Conservation Strategy for public review and comment. 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. This Draft Strategy emphasizes 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. Public comments are due to Julie Mawhorter by February 14, 2014.

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