Jug Bay Strategic Plan

Introduction

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, located near the mid-point of the 115-mile long Patuxent River, represents an important network of critical habitats of regional and national importance. These habitats range from open water to wetlands, to forests and fields and provide refuge to a wide diversity of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Being close to both Annapolis and Washington, D.C. and serving the local counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, and Prince George’s, the Sanctuary also plays an important role connecting people to nature through hands-on environmental education, practicing stewardship, citizen science, and volunteer opportunities.

This Strategic Plan is a roadmap that describes our direction and main priorities during the next five years.  A full PDF version of the Sanctuary's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan can be accessed here.


Protected Habitats
GOAL: The long-term integrity and diversity of Jug Bay natural habitats will be maintained and enhanced through protection, science-based management, restoration, stewardship, and land acquisition.


Science
GOAL: Scientific research and citizen science advance the understanding of Jug Bay’s natural environment and inform the Sanctuary’s management, stewardship practices, and education programs.


People
GOAL: Education, stewardship, and volunteer activities improve the understanding and appreciation of Jug Bay’s natural environment and serve to encourage public protection.
 


Public Access / Facilities
GOAL: Public access and park amenities are defined to ensure safe and meaningful outdoor experiences while preserving the peaceful and “primitive” character of the Sanctuary.