Conserving land is critical for the health of the watershed and is part of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Watershed Agreement. The goal is to conserve landscapes to maintain water quality and habitat; sustain forests, farms and maritime communities; and conserve lands of cultural, indigenous, and community value. An indicator evaluating protected lands is in process for future report cards.
According to data collected through early 2019, nearly 1.36 million acres of land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have been permanently protected since 2010. This marks an achievement of 68 percent of the land conservation goal adopted in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and brings the total amount of protected land in the watershed to 9.16 million acres.
More information about this indicator is at Chesapeake Progress.