Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program is among the few such programs in the nation that designate large blocks of rural lands for permanent protection through conservation easements. Baltimore County has five such designated areas — more than any other county in Maryland. Each area is sponsored by private land trusts and is assisted by Baltimore County. Landowners may donate or sell an easement through this program.
Baltimore County’s Rural Legacy Areas are:
- The Gunpowder River Legacy, extending from Blue Mount to Sparks, administered by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy.
- The Piney Run watershed in the western part of the county, administered by the Valleys Planning Council.
- The Manor Conservancy, covering “My Lady’s Manor.”
- The Long Green Valley Conservancy in the Long Green Valley area.
- The Coastal Rural Legacy Area, in portions of the eastern waterfront area, administered by Baltimore County.
The Rural Legacy Program is designed to protect a combination of farm and forest lands, as well as environmentally sensitive lands such as wetlands and coastal areas. Its primary objective is to protect lands in large, contiguous blocks that will provide the highest value for wildlife and environmental protection as well as agricultural economic opportunity for the future.
If you believe your property is located within one of the county’s Rural Legacy Areas and you wish to participate, please call the VPC office (410-337-6877) or Ann Jones (410-461-6917) for more information.