Bay Bank and Forests for the Bay have combined efforts to better facilitate landowner access to conservation funding. All of Bay Bank’s pioneering tools are now updated and integrated into the this website.
The Forests for the Bay LandServer tool continues to help landowners get to know their woods. By simply identifying their property on a map, a landowner can discover their unique natural resources and available conservation funding programs.
Forests for the Bay works with its network of partners to provide an up-to-date clearinghouse of resources on woodland management and conservation. The website now allows landowners to discover and learn about a variety of ecosystem market programs.
In the spring of 2015, Forests for the Bay will unveil its conservation funding discovery tool. The tool will help landowners easily identify and learn about funding sources available to meet various objectives like planting trees.
Through the Woodland Crediting Platform, Forests for the Bay and its conservation partners can design and implement conservation projects for landowners. The Platform guides users through program eligibility requirements, benefit calculations and project approvals.
A new update allows conservation buyers to find available projects in a project registry. Forests for the Bay will help buyers connect with landowners selling environmental “credits.”
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Led by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Solutions, LLC Bay Bank was developed in 2009 in response to actions called for by Chesapeake Bay Executive Council through the 2007 Forest Conservation Directive. Forests for the Bay continues to advance Bay Bank goals through landowner outreach and technical assistance.