Bay Bank

Bay Bank is the Chesapeake’s conservation marketplace, linking landowners with resources to improve and protect the region’s natural resources and working lands. Bay Bank combines the best available tools to enable easy access to local, regional, and national ecosystem markets and conservation programs.

The collective actions of millions of farmers and woodland owners are the key to the restoration of the Chesapeake’s streams, farms, forests, wetlands, and the Bay itself. While new and innovative market-based approaches have emerged to offer landowners realistic financial incentives to implement conservation actions, there has been no efficient way to link them with this capital.

Bay Bank fills this need by providing the following services to conservation buyers, farmers, and woodlands owners:

  • Market education and outreach, to make sense of new rules, increase participation, save time and ensure environmental gains.
  • Market facilitation by communicating the “rules of the road,” evaluating opportunities and connecting landowners to service providers and buyers.
  • Coordinated third-party verification and independent registry services to assist landowners with project design, implementation, and credit marketing.

Bay Bank was developed in response to actions called for by Chesapeake Bay Executive Council through the 2007 Forest Conservation Directive. The Executive Council includes the six governors of the Bay states, the mayor of Washington, D.C., the U.S. EPA administrator, and the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

Managed by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Solutions, LLC, Bay Bank is beginning landowner pilot projects in 2010 in Maryland and Delaware and will expand to the rest of the Chesapeake states and add functionality in 2011.

Contact Bay Bank

1616 P Street NW
Suite 100
Washington , DC  20036
Phone: 202.797.6580
Fax: 202.797.6583


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

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