Chesapeake and Virginia Program

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NPCA's Chesapeake and Virginia Program works with parks and communities throughout the Commonwealth.  In Virginia, through our Clean Air for People, Parks and the Bay campaign, NPCA is actively engaged in clean air, energy and climate issues. Likewise, in the Chesapeake--a 64,000 square mile area spanning 5 states and the District of Columbia, home to more than 17 million people and the site of over 50 national park units--NPCA works to ensure clean air and water in its rivers and in the Bay. Through the Freedom to Float initiative, we also are taking practical strides towards engaging the public and creating more recreational access to the waterways of the Chesapeake.


NPCA Chooses Clean Water

NPCA helps to the lead Choose Clean Water coalition, with the goal of protecting and restoring local water quality at dozens of national parks in the region and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Read More >

Making Connections

CoverNPCA’s latest Making Connections report demonstrates the pivotal role Colonial National Historical Park plays to enhance the economic base of the Historic Triangle in Virginia (Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg). Previous reports have highlighted the economic benefits of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and Shenandoah National Park to their communities. Read More >

Walmart Abandons Plans to Build Superstore on Wilderness Battlefield

In the face of a legal challenge, Walmart has announced that it will no longer pursue a plan to build a Superstore on a privately-owned portion of the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Virginia.
Read NPCA's Press Release >
Read more about NPCA's efforts in protecting Wilderness Battlefield >

Virginians for Healthy Air

NPCA is joining forces with businesses in Virginia to work for healthy air for Shenandoah National Park and the state.  To learn more about the coalition or to sign up your Virginia business click below. Read more about Virginians for Healthy Air >

Threats to Mid-Atlantic Parks

These extraordinary places are under relentless pressure from threats ranging from inappropriate development, non-native and aggressive plants and animals, air and water pollution sometimes originating hundreds of miles away, critical and chronic funding shortfalls, and the impacts of climate change. With your involvement, NPCA works in the Mid-Atlantic region to ensure that our national parks are fully protected, fully funded, and cherished as local treasures as well as national jewels.

To contact the Virginia & Chesapeake Programs:

Pamela Goddard, Senior Manager, Chesapeake and Virginia Programs
Ed Stierli, Chesapeake Field Representative, Chesapeake and Virginia Programs
777 6th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001, 202.454.3365, 202.454.3339 


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