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Land Preservation

FY23 Program Applications Open

Applications for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) FY23 Application and the Baltimore County Agricultural Land Preservation Program FY23 Application Cycle are now open. The application deadline is April 29, 2022.

Baltimore County is a national leader in land preservation. It has consistently ranked in the top 10 counties for land preserved. Building on the first easement of 34 acres in 1975, the County now has over 68,000 acres of protected farmland, waterfront, stream valleys and natural lands. This successful effort is built upon the County’s growth management program, support for the farm industry and collaboration with the land preservation community.


The County uses innovative and collaborative funding mechanisms for land preservation in Baltimore County’s Agricultural Preservation Protection Areas. With advanced planning and zoning practices, identification of growth centers, innovative environmental programs, and proactive land and resource protection efforts, the County has established a nationally recognized land preservation strategy. There are many benefits from this comprehensive approach, including: 

  • More compact and cost effective development
  • Land resources preserved to support a viable agricultural community
  • Retention of forest and habitat for wildlife
  • Preservation of our agricultural heritage
  • Protection of water quality for our local streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay

Baltimore County, working with a number of interests groups and State agencies, has created a variety of options to promote preservation of our land and natural resources. For additional information, take a look at our Easement Locator to see the progress the County has made preserving agricultural and forested land.

Land Preservation Forms

Listed below are commonly requested forms related to Land Preservation programs.

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 15,433 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 and Saltpeter
  • Bowley’s Quarters
  • Back River and 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.

The Coastal Rural Legacy Area is cosponsored by Baltimore County and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. Landowners interested in exploring conservation options for their property in this area should contact County Land Preservation staff at

Partners in Preservation

  • The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) is a cooperative program with the state and County. It is the main Agricultural Land Easement Program in the County.

  • Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large, contiguous tracts of land and to enhance natural resource, agricultural, forestry and environmental protection while supporting a sustainable land base for natural-resource-based industries.

  • Maryland Environmental Trust works with landowners, local communities and citizen land trusts to protect Maryland's natural, historic and scenic resources.

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Land Preservation

Jefferson Building, Suite 101
105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204


Land Preservation Administrator

Megan Benjamin

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