Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage is dedicated to restoring, managing and protecting wildlife habitat and establishing a more sustainable agriculture through direct action, education and research in partnership with private and public landowners.

Founded in 1980 and based in Easton, Maryland, CWH is a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works daily with private and public landowners to restore habitat to benefit a variety of wildlife species and to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. CWH has a satellite office in Charlottesville, Virginia, which serves much of Central and Western Virginia.

Given its expansive watershed of 64,000 square miles with 11,600 miles of tidal shoreline and a human population of approximately 17.2 million in 2010, the health of the Chesapeake Bay is especially tied to how landowners in the watershed manage their land. CWH is the only nonprofit in the Chesapeake Bay area taking habitat projects from conception to fruition by designing, building and managing habitat for the dual purposes of improving water quality and increasing quantity and diversity of habitat in the region.

CWH Programs
Chesapeake Care: Restores habitat for wildlife while improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed;
Sustainable Agriculture: Demonstrates the compatibility of profitable farming with appropriately-sized, enduring natural ecosystems;
Education & Outreach: Shares with landowners how to become better stewards of the Chesapeake Bay right in their own backyard;
Landowner Services: Works with landowners to protect habitat restored by CWH;
Habitat Management: Provides continuing management of restored habitat to insure it remains beneficial to wildlife;.

Other Habitat Projects
Nesting Structures: CWH installs nesting structures for Eastern Bluebirds, Prothonotary Warblers, Purple Martins, Wood Ducks, Great-crested Flycatchers, Flying Squirrels, Owls and Ospreys;
Powerline Rights-of-way Studies: Conducts studies in partnership with various utility companies to determine the best ways to maintain a safe, economical power supply with wildlife interests in mind;
Phragmites Control: CWH treats this invasive, noxious wetland plant for landowners.

Contact Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

Austin Jamison
Blue Ridge Coordinator
5497 Wyant Lane
Charlottesville, Virginia  22903
Phone: (434) 825-7587


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Virginia

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