RICHMOND – The Chesapeake Bay Conservancy has named Governor Terry McAuliffe as one of the 2017 “Champions of the Chesapeake” for his successful protection of 1,000 natural and historic Virginia treasures and securing millions in federal funding for land conservation across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe accepted the award on behalf of Governor McAuliffe.
“I am grateful to receive this award from the Chesapeake Bay Conservancy, a group that works tirelessly to protect and improve one of our nation’s greatest natural and economic treasures,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Chesapeake Bay is an indispensable asset to this Commonwealth and preserving it has been one of my administration’s top priorities. The Bay supports tourism, agriculture, transportation, and recreation in Virginia and many other states, and we must continue to work together so that many generations after ours can enjoy the many benefits it has to offer.”
While in office, Governor McAuliffe and his administration have worked tirelessly to protect the Chesapeake Bay and find federal funding for land conservation. In 2014, McAuliffe signed the Chesapeake Watershed Agreement, the first formal agreement in which every Bay State specifically recognizes the threat of Climate Change. Additionally, in May of 2015, Governor McAuliffe directed the Secretary of Natural Resources to identify and protect 1,000 Virginia natural and historic treasures before the end of his term. The McAuliffe Administration has since surpassed that goal with 1,337 Virginia Treasures and that number continues to grow.
“Each year, Chesapeake Conservancy recognizes extraordinary leaders from across the Chesapeake for their significant and exemplary accomplishments that protect and restore our natural systems and cultural resources,” Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn said. “The honorees and their work highlights how the Chesapeake is a bipartisan, multi-generational, multi-cultural priority – for its beauty, for our economy, for our health and for our history – and that everybody has a role to play in its conservation.”
The “Champions of the Chesapeake” awards are given annually to celebrate the accomplishments of the Chesapeake’s greatest advocates. This year Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Association, and Microsoft Corporation were also recipients of the award. The Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Association hosted the cocktail reception and awards ceremony for the 2017 “Champions of the Chesapeake” at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon.
About the Chesapeake Bay Conservancy
The Chesapeake Bay Conservancy’s mission is to strengthen the connection between people and the watershed; conserve the landscapes and special places that sustain the Chesapeake’s unique natural and cultural resources; and restore landscapes, rivers, and habitats in the Chesapeake Bay region. Learn more about the conservancy here: www.chesapeakeconservancy.org