The Initiative

Envision the Susquehanna is an initiative born out of the spirit of community. Its mission is to improve the ecological and cultural integrity throughout the Susquehanna landscape and in so doing improve the quality of life for all citizens along the river. The initiative seeks to add value to the on-going efforts of the many organizations working throughout the Susquehanna watershed – from its headwaters in Cooperstown, NY to the end of the upper reaches of the West Branch and its connection with the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace, MD – by engaging all stakeholders, including the general public, to highlight the stories and places that make up the identity of the Susquehanna and develop community-based solutions to ensure these places are conserved for future generations.
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Led by the Chesapeake Conservancy, the core team of organizations working to carry out Envision the Susquehanna includes the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, Wildlife Management Institute, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The team has also established a 25-plus member advisory council that includes environmental and historic nonprofits, American Indian interests, private enterprises, and state, federal, and local departments.

The ultimate goal is for the initiative to result in an increased awareness of the natural, historic, and cultural resources that exist along the river, the creation of new opportunities to connect people to the Susquehanna, and the improvement of ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape. In so doing, Envision the Susquehanna will also contribute to the economic sustainability of those living along the river.

The core team and its advisory council will work towards this end by creating a community-driven, river wide vision that identifies key challenges and collaborative strategies for implementing specific conservation, river access, and restoration components of the vision. Partners in the initiative will meet with communities and stakeholders throughout the watershed and use this interactive website to guide the development of this vision.

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