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City of Chesapeake Resources

Landscape Ordinance - defines minimum standards for landscape buffers, tree preservation, and tree canopy, generally related to site development and maintenance.  

Local Environment and Conservation Organization

Friends of Indian River - Striving to improve the quality of life for all the residents of the Indian River neighborhoods of Chesapeake, Virginia, by promoting and preserving a healthy and clean river, shorelines, parks, and green spaces connected to the surrounding community.

Elizabeth River Project - Cleaning up the Elizabeth River through education and restoration projects.

Coastal Virginia Conservancy - Conserves land, restores water quality, and innovates solutions for public access to the waterways.

Wetlands Watch - We work where land, communities, and water meet to conserve nature in a changing climate.

Cape Henry Audubon Society - Mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Hampton Roads - We fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

Chesapeake Master Gardeners - The Master Gardener program is a volunteer educational partnership between Virginia Cooperative Extension and the citizens to teach citizens how to beautify their communities, learn the art and science of horticulture, protect air and water quality, and maintain our environment for future generations.

Tidewater Master Naturalists - Mission to develop a well-informed corps of volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within local communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Nature Conservancy - Virginia - From the rivers of the Clinch Valley to the mountains of the Appalachians and Allegheny Highlands; across the Piedmont to the pine forest savannas of the Tidewater; throughout waters of the Chesapeake Bay and beyond, we're working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

Izaak Walton League of America - Norfolk-Chesapeake - Taking a common-sense approach toward protecting our country's natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.

Tree Resources

Tree Owner's Manual - Helpful handbook from the US Department of Forestry on how to plant and maintain a tree.

Find a [Certified] Arborist - Useful tool from the International Society of Arboriculture to find local Certified Arborists.


Top Posts

Support Tree Bills in General Assembly

Update 2:  Urge Governor Youngkin to sign HB529 and HB1100 into law to ensure our community is able to conserve and plant more trees that will benefit the health of all Virginians! Contact him today -   Update: Both of these bills have been passed by the House and Senate and are now heading for the Governor's desk for signature.  Stay tuned for any Action Alerts asking folks to contact the Governor to urge him to sign these bills.  There are several bills in the General Assembly that would give the City of Chesapeake the option to do more to protect trees and restore tree canopy during development.  Current state law limits how much Chesapeake can require of developers during construction.   HB 1100 would enable all counties, cities, and towns in Virginia to adopt tree conservation ordinances to conserve healthy mature trees during construction projects.  HB 529 would increase how much canopy must be replaced when trees are cut down during development.   B

CBPA proposed change details

April 23 Public Hearing Package with rationale for the proposed changes - Consideration of the change was Continued (deferred) to the end of June. Below the proposed CBPA changes provided by Chesapeake Planning Department were compared against National Wetlands Inventory maps - 1. Fernwood Farms/Riverwalk Areas Proposed for removal (red), addition (dark green) National Wetlands Inventory City Drainage Map Background on Interrupted and Disconnected Wetlands for CBPA Guidance Documents Google Earth 4/8/1990 2. Great Bridge Blvd Areas proposed for removal (red) National Wetlands Inventory Close-up 3. Oakbrooke (East of Arboretum) Areas proposed for removal (red)/addition (dark green) Nat

Welcome to Greening Chesapeake

Kicking off this new blog for 2024 to work on the goal to green Chesapeake by increasing natural area - green spaces and blueways - across the City.   Steps include protecting existing tree canopy, encouraging protection of natural areas, and planting trees and native plants across the City on public, institutional, commercial, and residential properties.   Other key tenants to building a greener city include connectivity - enabling people to reach destinations safely by foot, bicycle, and public transit, not just automobiles - and adopting sustainable practices. Stay tuned for information about upcoming events, actions, and information related to Greening Chesapeake.