Book Released – A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation

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The Conservation Fund has released A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation, a new book that provides a conservation resource for government agencies, community groups, businesses and others involved in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

A Sustainable Chesapeake profiles promising conservation practices and technologies and describes the protection of critical land and water resources in a series of 31 case studies that feature the work of government and private organizations and conservation leaders throughout the Bay watershed. The book’s six chapters—Climate Change Solutions, Stream Restoration, Green Infrastructure, Incentive Driven Conservation, Watershed Protection, and Stewardship—are each introduced with a summary of the restoration principles learned from the projects.

The case studies show the many dimensions of land and water conservation through a standardized, user-friendly format that includes photos, diagrams, tables, facts and concepts that people and organizations can draw from to solve local conservation challenges.

The book was developed by David Burke, an experienced conservation planner and president of Burke Environmental Associates, and Joel Dunn, program coordinator of The Conservation Fund’s Sustainable Chesapeake initiative. The initiative builds on The Conservation Fund’s record of land and water conservation with tools that lead to smarter conservation and development, increases the capacity of regional groups and agencies to solve conservation issues, and demonstrates sustainable economies. The Fund has conserved more than 300,000 acres in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

A Sustainable Chesapeake is available in print and on The Conservation Fund’s website. The website ( allows users to download individual profiles, chapters or the entire publication as PDF files.

Until limited supplies are exhausted, a hard copy version of the publication can be obtained through Joe Wagner of Whitmore Group by emailing: joe [AT] with the name and address where a UPS shipment can be delivered.

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