A kayak floats in the calm, rippling water of the Chesapeake Bay. A large wooden house sits at the horizon, seeming to float on the water.
Change is Here Built in 1888, this Victorian home has braved the elements and fought sea level rise on Holland Island in Chesapeake Bay for well over a century. Despite best efforts to save the house and protect the island, the rising waters of the Bay would overcome both and erase them from the map. The house collapsed in 2010. © Jay Fleming

Climate change isn’t a distant threat—it’s happening now. The good news is that nature can help. 

To match the urgency of this crisis, The Nature Conservancy—including the Maryland/DC chapter—is going all in on innovative, planet-sized solutions that maximize nature’s ability to fight climate change while bolstering resilience for our most precious ecosystems and vulnerable communities.

Change is Here (3:42) As we reflect on conservation successes in 2021, the Maryland/DC chapter is happy to announce the public phase of our Change is Here capital campaign.
MD/DC Executive Director Tim Purinton.
Tim Purinton Executive Director © Severn Smith / TNC

From the Director

Change is Here

In 2018, the Maryland/DC chapter launched an ambitious, five-year capital campaign to finance a science-based strategic plan to tackle climate change and protect clean water for the Chesapeake Bay—two conservation priorities where we know our local actions will have the greatest regional and global impacts. 

As we reflect on our 2021 conservation successes, the Maryland/DC chapter is happy to announce the public phase of our fivie-year, $70-million Change is Here capital campaign.

As you explore this page, we highlight some of the chapter’s greatest accomplishments from the past year—accomplishments that were achieved through the focus and energy generated by the Change is Here campaign, and thanks to the generous support of some of our most committed donors. As we look ahead at the work we have left to accomplish over the next two years, it’s critical that we reach our private fundraising goal so that we can continue to use those gifts to leverage public dollars and impact investments. 

It’s the combination of these funding sources that allows us to have the outsized impact for which The Nature Conservancy is known. Together with supporters like you, we will work with global colleagues to ensure that our legacy is one of action. Join us to be a part of the greatest success story in the history of the planet.

Expand to see more Collapse to see less

Together with supporters like you, we will work with global colleagues to ensure that our legacy is one of action. Join us to be a part of the greatest success story in the history of the planet.

Tim Purinton Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Maryland and DC

2021: Highlights and Successes

A man wearing a blue shirt sits in the cab of a tractor. Two small computer display screens sit in front of him behind the steering wheel providing information to help him apply fertilizer to his crop
Precision Agriculture Maryland farmer Jon Quinn uses technology to ensure the precision application of nutrients on the land. © Isaac Shaw

We Transform Agriculture

Our goal: to support an agricultural economy where farms provide healthy food, clean water and resiliency to climate change, and support a healthy Chesapeake Bay where people and nature thrive.

A woman wearing a black face mask kneels on the ground next to a row of red spruce seedlings. Two large cardboard boxes rest on the ground next to her.
Restoring Red Spruce Restoration and Public Lands Manager Katy Barlow checks on genetically diverse red spruce seedlings during a planting in Western Maryland in 2021. © Matt Kane / TNC

We Restore Forests

Our Goal: To conserve and strengthen our piece of the Appalachians—a critical migratory corridor for mammals, birds and amphibians.

Storm water rushes down a city street into a storm drain. Cars in the background try to navigate the flooded street.
Stormwater Runoff Stormwater pollution is caused when rainwater falls on impervious surfaces where it mixes with pollutants before flowing into our cities' sewer systems and rivers. © Tyrone Turner

We Build Green Cities

Washington, D.C. Goals: A robust stormwater retention credit (SRC) market catalyzed by construction of green infrastructure projects and sale of stormwater credits.

Baltimore Goals: city-wide investments in infrastructure improvements prioritizing nature-based solutions to reduce stormwater runoff impacts on water quality and local flooding and improve coastal climate resilience.

A woman stands in thigh deep water recording observations in a notebook. Slight ripples are visible on the otherwise still surface of the water.
Studying Sea Level Rise Resilient Coasts Program Director Jackie Specht records data at Franklin Point State Park during a NOAA funded study into the ecological effects of sea level rise. © Jay Fleming Photography

We Strengthen Coasts

Our Goal: To ensure that Maryland’s coastal habitats and communities are resilient in the face of sea-level rise.

2021 A Year in Photos

Scenes and moments from our on-the-ground conservation work.

Support Our Work in Maryland and DC
A selfie photo of seven people standing together in a forest clearing. A woman is in the foreground holding the camera up high to get everyone in the frame.
Four people stand on the deck of a boat surrounded by bushel baskets filled with oysters. They are all gathered around an open laptop computer looking at the information displayed on the screen.
A bulbous pink bloom hangs down from a tall, thin green stem growing out of the ground between two tall curved leaves.
Two masked women wearing hardhats and yellow fire gear stand next to each other with their arm outstretched for social distancing. Thick gray smoke from a low controlled burn rises behind them.
A green and brown frog sits nestled in a fuzzy growth of green moss next to a meandering creek.
A woman wearing a black hard hat and yellow fire gear is interviewed by a TV news crew.
A man wearing a red hard hat and yellow fire gear and holding a flight control tablet stands off to the side of a large black drone preparing for takeoff.
Two small turkey chicks huddle together in a ground nest. Their brown, white and dun colored feathers provide camouflage again the brown dirt of the nest.
A small salamander with a yellow chest, green body and orange spots sits on a pile of pine needles in a shallow pool of water.
A small bird with a black and white stripped face and red fringed cockade perches on the side of a tall tree.
  • Cover of the 2021 MD/DC Impact Report. A woman wearing a yellow rain slicker and tall rubber boots leans into the wind as she walks through ankle deep water on a flooded street.

    Change is Here: 2021 Impact Report

    A look back at conservation successes across Maryland and Washington, DC.

    DOWNLOAD
  • Cover of the Spanish translation of the 2021 MD/DC Impact Report. A woman wearing a yellow rain slicker and tall rubber boots walks through ankle deep water on a flooded street.

    El Cambio Llegó: Informe Anual de Impacto 2021

    El Cambio Llegó: Informe Anual de Impacto 2021 ahora está por descargar disponible en español!

    DOWNLOAD

Stay in Touch

Subscribe to Nature News, our monthly e-newsletter. Get the latest news and updates about our conservation efforts both locally and around the world, delivered straight to your inbox.