Big or small, Maryland land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 432,575 football fields!
Maryland land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
55 years old (1967)
8 years old (2014)
30 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Maryland lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Maryland's most pressing issues.
Providing access to nature for all: Baltimore Green Space partnered with the nonprofit Backyard Basecamp to create BLISS Meadows, a 10-acre land reclamation project that brings educational farming and equitable access to green space in northeast Baltimore.Read more
Providing local food: American Chestnut Land Trust manages Double Oak Farm, which uses environmentally friendly and sustainable farming methods. In addition, ACLT offers an educational garden demonstrating a dozen methods of natural home gardening and displaying historical and Native American farming techniques. The farm donates approximately 80% of its harvest – which means thousands of pounds of fresh, naturally grown fruits and vegetables are given to those most in need in Calvert County.Read more
Ensuring water quality: The Potomac River, the source of drinking water for over 5 million residents in the Washington, D.C. area, earned its highest health grade ever in the accredited Potomac Conservancy's 10th State of the Nation's River report. The Potomac's health has improved to a B, up from a B- in 2016 and a D in 2011.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.