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Opinion: Conservation Matters

Fones Cliff-hanger

Capt. John Smith may, or may not have been the first “tourist” to see Fones Cliffs on the Rappahannock River; there were Spaniards in the Chesapeake before him. But he was the first that we know of who wrote about them. On...

Envision the Susquehanna

Otsego Lake and the hills around Cooperstown, NY, don’t look anything like the salt marshes and sand dunes of the lower Chesapeake Bay, but in my mind, I think of the almost 650-mile stretch of water that connects the two as one big...

The Nanticoke River

If you are looking for a great tidal river to paddle, choose the Nanticoke. It’s exceptional for two reasons. First, along its 64-mile trek from Sussex County, DE, to the Chesapeake in Maryland, it passes through miles and miles of...

Up the creek without an access

The National Park Service recently catalogued more than 1,100 places in the Chesapeake watershed's six states and the District of Columbia where a person may view the water, swim, launch a boat or fish. But those spots, spread out as...

Cultural integrity

Glimmerglass, the name that James Fenimore Cooper gave to Otsego Lake, captures the essence of this pretty, 9-mile long lake well. Lying between two ridges of steep hills, the lake was sparkling and calm on the day I visited this fall....

Harriet Tubman National Monument

Landscapes connect us to our history and to who we have become. I was thinking about this recently on a tour of what will, I hope, become the Harriet Tubman National Monument in Dorchester County, MD. Tubman was born into slavery on a...

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About Conservation Matters

Chesapeake Conservancy Executive Director Joel Dunn provides observations about the importance of land conservation in protecting the the natural, historic and cultural identity of the Chesapeake Bay region.

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