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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 (2002)

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 provide access to nature for local communities and prime farm soils.
  • Improving overall rural prosperity through protection of working lands industries to support our next generation.
  • Leverage private sector investment and regional expertise to protect our peninsula.

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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.