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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 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.


Land Preservation
Phone: 410-887-3480

Revised March 7, 2018         


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