Resource Conservation

Land Preservation


Key to limiting the loss of farmland and forest land are Maryland’s land preservation efforts, including Rural Legacy funding, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) funding and Program Open Space (POS).

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) works with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Natural Resources) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture (Agriculture) to s​​upport land preservation, including guidance for Priority Preservation Areas, which are identified in local comprehensive plans, and for local Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plans​.

Planning is working with Natural Resouces to ensure that priorities for natural resource conservation can be supported by investigating innovative local land use plans and development requirements when legal or regulatory protections do not exist. MDP tracks the vulnerability of Maryland’s rural resource lands to development using Maryland Growth & Conservation mapping and analysis.

In 2015, Planning created a Transfer of Development Rights Committee including county executives and county commission presidents from counties that use Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs and their representatives.

Rural Maryland Aspirations

The Rural Maryland Foundation traveled the state in four days asking rural Marylanders their Aspirations. This video shows their unscripted answers.