Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in collaboration with its partners, the Land Trust Alliance, Sustainable Chesapeake, and The Nature Conservancy, explored and refined questions critical for advising and guiding landowners who farm within coastal areas that are vulnerable to sea level rise and saltwater intrusion, and ultimately, loss of arable cropland in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. While the questions posed are those that agricultural experts across the coastal zones are struggling with, this effort focused on identifying the current state of the science and informational gaps; building current, best professional guidance for landowner conservation program choices; and developing a research framework for improving our understanding and building capacity to maximize, incentivize, and secure ecosystem services beyond food provision at the farm-scape scale.
Sea level rise, agricultural lands, conservation
Saacke Blunk, K., Hughes Evans, K., Miller Herzog, J., Herman, J., Hershner, C., Bilkovic, D., & Havens, K. J. (2020) Farm Resiliency Education for At-Risk Coastal Areas in the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/51e5-kd36