Large-Scale Marsh Persistence and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay


LargeSponsored by Maryland Sea Grant.

Date: October 6th, 2o22

Location: University of Maryland Golf Course Clubhouse, 3800 Golf Course Rd, College Park, MD 20742

Workshop participants were invited from a variety of communities including coastal resilience scientists, managers, planners, and funders.


Brief Summary of the Workshop

On October 6, 2022, MDSG and the CBSSC hosted a one-day workshop with marsh resilience and local community experts to discuss ways in which to plan for and collaborate on large-scale* marsh conservation/restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay. This workshop was not a conference of presentations, rather a collaborative work session driven by a diverse group of experts and interests. Participants specifically focused on answering:

  • What type of tidal marsh projection, acquisition, or restoration will have the greatest impact on the Chesapeake watershed in light of climate change impacts and the need for social equity?
  • How can we design and fund projects to yield the maximum amount of ecological and socioeconomic benefits?
  • Over the next five years, what is our trajectory to implement these "large-scale" projects?

*Large-scale may mean large, significant areas or a cumulative network of smaller, significant sites

The event was free of charge and was held both online and in-person.

More details regarding the event including the ideas generated can be found in the Large-Scale Marsh Persistence and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay: Preliminary Workshop Findings.

This workshop worked in conjunction with other Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic efforts to improve wetland resilience. We referred to the progress and lessons learned from:

Workshop Presentations and Materials

All participants were provided with a briefing book of materials.

Additional information generated from the workshop will be posted soon. 

Plenary Presentations

State of tidal wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay: Grand challenges and big aspirations
Pamela Mason, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Coastal Resource
Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Large-scale marsh restoration programs-In progress?
Kyle Graham, Senior Program Manager, Ecosystem Investment Partners

Opportunities for landscape-scale conservation impact: Connecting the dots
Holly Bamford, Chief Conservation Officer, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Post Workshop Materials

Executive Summary: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Priorities Identified through Workshops in the Chesapeake Bay Region (Maryland and Virginia) 2022 
This summary was prepared to help highlight some of the recurring priorities voiced at a series of workshops in 2021 and 2022 and in consultation with experts across the region. This summary focuses on the role of wetlands in environmental justice and climate mitigation and adaptation.




For further questions, contact: 

Taryn Sudol
Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay
Sentinel Site Cooperative
Maryland Sea Grant College Program


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