Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan (CCMP)
Community & Economic Development

The Community & Economic Development section of the CCMP includes 4 goals:

  1. Educate and inform the population so it can make knowledgeable decisions about what it wants for its community and future.
  2. Foster a community consensus on the desired future condition of the Maryland Coastal Bays Region and a vision of how to promote the county as a vacation destination, farming region, resource protection area, and retirement community, while protecting and conserving the coastal bays.
  3. Manage the watershed to maximize economic benefits while minimizing negative resource impacts.
  4. Enhance the level of sustainability in land use decision-making.
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DNR Implementation Summary

In the first 3 years of CCMP implementation, the Department of Natural Resources has worked with its partners in the Coastal Bays Program towards these goals and has made some significant progress.  DNR's main role in Community and Economic Development for the coastal bays is to provide technical assistance and information to the local community on topics such as the value of natural resources in the coastal bays, watershed management, natural resource sustainability, and coastal hazards to the local communities. Some key accomplishments by DNR include:
  • DNR has published two studies relating natural resources to the economy in the coastal bays and their watersheds.  In 2000, DNR published “Economic Impacts of Growth and Land Use Change on Coastal Bays Resources”, and in 2001 published “An Assessment of the Economic Value of the Coastal Bays’ Natural Resources to the Economy of Worcester County, Maryland”.  These reports provide some of the basic information needed to move forward on other actions in the Community and Economic Development section of the Plan.
  • DNR has assisted the counties in developing sub-watershed plans to foster restoration and protection of natural resources in the coastal bays watershed while allowing for economic sustainability.  So far, one watershed plan has been completed for the Isle of Wight Bay, and a second is underway for the Newport and Sinepuxent Bays.  These plans are being developed through the Watershed Restoration Action Strategies Program.
  • Forested lands in the coastal bays watershed are a significant source of economic revenue and provide essential habitat for migratory songbirds and other wildlife.  In attempting to balance these competing interests, the CCMP calls for DNR and the Maryland Forestry Task Force to conduct an analysis of forestry industries and if necessary propose changes to ensure its long-term viability and environmental benefits.  DNR provided technical assistance and information to the Coastal Bays Forestry Workgroup and produced a final report in 2002.  The report includes information and recommendations the Program and Worcester County can use for long range planning.

In the coming years DNR will continue to work with the Program on community and economic development issues.  Planning for natural disasters will be a top priority as the State continues to plan for sea level rise, shore erosion, flooding, and other coastal hazards. 


DNR Implementation Summaries

If you have any questions about Maryland's Coastal Bays Implementation Activities, 
please feel free to e-mail, Katheleen Freeman, or call (410) 260-8986.

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