In 2007, the council’s response document to Directive 06-1 identified specific actions to conserve and restore forests in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A press release on these forest conservation goals click here.
In 2006, the Chesapeake Executive Council developed Directive 06-1 which called upon the Chesapeake Bay Program to commit to developing a collective goal to be adopt in 2007 for conserving forestland in the watershed where conservation to protect water quality is most needed.
The State of Chesapeake Forests report is published.
In 2003, the Chesapeake Executive Council developed Directive 03-1 which called upon the Chesapeake Bay Program to adopt an expanded set of goals to conserve and restore forests along 70% of streams, assess urban forests, and create a urban tree canopy goals.
New York gets its first CREP agreement which emphasizes the practice of riparian forest buffers on marginal farm land.
West Virginia gets its first CREP agreement which emphasizes the practice of riparian forest buffers on marginal farm land.
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia restored 2,283 miles of riparian forest buffers along rivers and streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, meeting the C2K goal 8 years ahead of schedule.
A new Chesapeake Bay Agreement, “Chesapeake 2000” is signed. It includes the following: By 2002, ensure that measures are in place to meet our riparian forest buffer restoration goal of 2,010 miles by 2010. By 2003, establish a new goal to expand buffer mileage. Conserve existing forests along all streams and shorelines. Promote the expansion and connection of contiguous forests through conservation easements, greenways, purchase and other land conservation mechanisms.
In 2000, Pennsylvania and Virginia get their first CREP agreements which emphasizes the practice of riparian forest buffers on marginal farm land.
The original Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed on December 9, 1983.