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Preserving Our Land Heritage

Baltimore County's Land Preservation Program

Almost thirty years ago, Baltimore County government and leaders began a process to implement programs to protect our agricultural and natural resources and to help ensure the long term quality of life for the County's residents. With advanced planning and zoning practices, identification of growth centers in the 1970's, innovative environmental programs, and proactive land and resource protection efforts, Baltimore County has established a nationally recognized land preservation strategy.

The County's agricultural preservation efforts have been ranked by the Farmland Preservation Report in the top ten nationally since 1993. The benefits from this comprehensive approach are many: more compact and cost effective development, land resources preserved to support a viable agricultural community, retention of forest and habitat for wildlife, the preservation of our agricultural heritage, and the protection of water quality for our local streams and 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 the preservation of our land and natural resources.

How Are We Doing?

The County's agricultural preservation efforts have been ranked by the Farmland Preservation Report in the top 10 nationally since 1993.

Land Preservation Accomplishments Through 2001

Other Acreage - RC4 Cluster = 2,366 acres

Program

Acerage

State Agricultural Program

17,201

County Agricultural Program

1,337

MET and Land Trusts

11,690

Rural Legacy

3,407

Total

33,635

Revised July 29, 2014

 
Revised April 6, 2016         

 

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