The Coalition is a voluntary alliance of public agencies, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and conservation coalitions. The region spans the area from the Chesapeake Bay shoreline to the Piedmont, and from Pennsylvania to the suburbs of Washington, DC. All or parts of the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s and the cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie and other cities in this heavily populated region located in the heart of the mid-Atlantic seaboard are within the service area of the Coalition. 

Steering Commettee Members

American Planning Association
Baltimore City
The Center for Chesapeake Communities
Chesapeake Conservancy
The Conservation Fund
Maryland Department of Natural Resources  
Parks & People Foundation
Prince George’s County Planning/MD National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Urban Waters Partnership
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office 
U.S. Forest Service/Baltimore Ecosystem Study
US Department of the Interior, Urban Environmental Issues
National Aquarium
Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning

Member Organisations 

American Forests
Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School
Baltimore Sustainability Commission & Greater Baltimore Parks and Recreation Alliance
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
Hispanic Access Foundation
National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Office and John Smith Trail
National Wildlife Federation
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Sagamore Development Co., LLC
USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center
USGS Northeast Regional 
USACE Baltimore District
USFWS Patuxent Research Refuge
Wildlife Habitat Council

 

Key Values

The Coalition believes green infrastructure can support increased resiliency in the face of climate change, promote increased biodiversity within the region, increase equity in access to nature and its benefits, and encourage greater stewardship and discovery of nature’s value.

Coalition members actively pursue implementing projects that demonstrate one of more of these values and work collaboratively across the region and with other agencies and organizations to bring about needed change for the long term benefit of those who live, work and play in the region.

Click here to learn more about the key values that Coalition is pursuing in protecting green infrastructure.

Key Green Resiliency Strategies 

Through analysis and research led by The Conservation Fund, the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition has identified five key green infrastructure strategies that collectively maintain or increase regional resilience to the adverse effects of severe coastal storms and other climate effects:
 
  • Protecting Natural Resources
  • Enhancing and Restoring Tree Canopy
  • Implementing Multiple-Benefit Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects
  • Protect Critical Infrastructure; and
  • Protecting the Coast 

Key Projects

The Coalition’s first major project examined the role of green infrastructure could play with respect to increased resiliency to coastal storms, extreme weather and other effects of climate change. With support from a major grant awarded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Fund created a diverse project team of non-governmental organizations and public and private research institutions to conduct the project. The project team mapped existing green infrastructure that contributes to the region’s ability to resist and respond to extreme weather events, such as major coastal storms, and indicated where nature-based projects – for example, urban tree planting, living shoreline and coastal marsh restoration, and storm water management projects such as rain gardens and bioswales – could enhance protection of critical built facilities, such as roads, bridges, and EMS centers or reduce impacts elsewhere in the region.

Team members including the American Planning Association, Chesapeake Conservancy, and USGS Water Science Center provided new resources for local government planners and managers, public agency facilities, and identified new information needs to advance effective responses to climate. Overall, the project identified several regionally important initiatives that would increase resiliency through green infrastructure protection or enhancement. These initiatives include existing networks such as the Urban Waters Partnership and Baltimore-Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship and such new ones as the expanded Baltimore Rivers to Harbor Urban Refuge Partnership, City of Baltimore’s Green Network Plan, and the Patuxent Waters Conservation Area Landscape Conservation Design.

Community scale planning projects in South Baltimore and Harford County, MD provided neighborhood engagement opportunities to explore and apply green infrastructure approaches translated to neighborhood needs and interests. Working directly with local governments on their planning and project agendas, the Coalition will continue to pursue the work supported by the resiliency grant to implement new green infrastructure projects across the region. 

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