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Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them.

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Delmarva Oasis

Let's Protect the Peninsula — and Our Quality of Life — Together

By the year 2030, ESLC seeks to protect 50% of the Delmarva Peninsula with the support and partnership of multiple conservation-based organizations, the Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia state governments, the private sector, and forward thinking landowners.

Aimed at protecting the peninsula’s rich heritage, Delmarva Oasis will act as a national model for landscape-level conservation supporting thriving rural economics, strong prosperous towns, and protecting this critical ecosystem.

Carpeted with farms, stitched with forests, and buttoned with rural fishing villages...Delmarva Conservation Corridor Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest on the beauty of Delmarva's landscape

What We Are Doing

Our aim is to protect the largest contiguous block of productive farmland in the mid-Atlantic region. We will preserve nearly $15 billion in ecological benefits that support important regional industries that rely on fisheries and tourism. We are working to sustain the region’s treasured culture and heritage.

How We Are Doing It

  • Focus conservation efforts on land that provides access to nature for local communities and prime farm soils, as well as habitat cores and connectors sufficient to secure water quality protection and wildlife adaptation in the face of climate change, sea level rise and projected species loss.
  • Improving overall rural prosperity through protection of working lands industries and promoting long-term sustainability of the agricultural economy of Delmarva to support our next generation.
  • Leverage private sector investment and regional expertise as part of a coalition of partners that work together to protect our peninsula.
  • Engaging with residents, workers, and visitors to maximize public involvement and economic benefits for DO.

Make a Contribution Today

You can make a financial contribution large or small through our website. The process is easy, straightforward, and secure. Your donation supports the mission of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and makes a difference by improving the long-term quality of life in the Eastern Shore community.