Reserve Management Plans
Each reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System is required to develop a management plan that contains its goals, objectives and strategies. Management plans are updated every five years, and must be approved by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These plans enable the reserves and NOAA to track progress and realize opportunities for growth. Each plan describes how the respective reserve will carry out its foundational research, education and training programs. Each plan also outlines administration, resource protection, public access, land acquisition and facility plans, as well as restoration and resource manipulation plans if applicable. management plans also incorporate strategies designed to help the reserve contribute to NERRS' national goals. NOAA periodically evaluates reserves for compliance with federal requirements and their approved management plan.
- 2022-2027 Reserve Management Plan (*Note: full resolution copy at this DOI link.)
Reay, W., J. Baber, H. Brooks, A. Demeo, C. Friedrichs, C. Gonzalez, J. Kuriawa, T. Hooper, S. Lerberg, E. Miles, B. Neikirk, S. Nuss, L. Ott, D. Parrish, P. Reid, T. Rudo, E. Shields, S. Snyder, and S. Wood. 2021. Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia Management Plan: 2021-2025. Special Report No. 476 in Applied Marine Sciences and Ocean Engineering. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA.
- 2008-2012 Reserve Management Plan: Plan, References, Appendix 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, Appendix 2
- Reay, W., S. Erdle, S. McGuire, S. Lerberg, K. Moore and C. Riley. 2008. Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia Management Plan: 2008-2012. Special Report No. 402 in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, Virginia. 131 pp. plus appendices.