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Coastal Rural Legacy

The Coastal Rural Legacy area of Baltimore County is among the richest in resources within the County and is the most threatened by development. The area encompasses 14,103 acres of vital wetlands, forests, marshes, farmland, and habitat along the shoreline of the Upper Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.


The Coastal Rural Legacy area includes:

  • Gunpowder Delta
  • Bird River
  • Dundee/Saltpeter
  • Bowley’s Quarters
  • Back River/Holly Neck
  • Fort Howard

The preservation of the large blocks of forest and wetland areas creates a system of environmental reserves, which is extremely important in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 109 miles of coastal area shoreline serves as an essential buffer area between urbanized portions of Baltimore County and the Bay. Significant progress has been made in protecting these areas and if support continues, the long-term goal of protecting 11,700 acres can be achieved.

Forms and Applications

Below you will find applications for this program as well as forms for informational purposes that are used in the Conservation Easement process.

  • Valuation Formula for CRL (PDF), for informational purposes only. This form is for determining the easement value of a property applying to the Coastal Rural Legacy Preservation Program. Factors including: size, soil productivity, land use, and development rights are used to determine the easement value of an applicant’s property.

Revised November 7, 2011

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