DNR's Land Conservation
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been a national leader in land conservation for more than forty years. The DNR programs listed below have all brought national recognition to Maryland and are used by other states to model programs that will repeat the success Maryland has had with Land Conservation. Together, these programs will continue to meet the challenges of land conservation for our citizens.
Program Open Space (POS) acquires recreation and open space areas for public use. The Program administers funds made available to local communities for open and recreational space through the State real estate transfer tax and from federal programs, such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The Program coordinates the acquisition of lands for the use of all units of DNR.
POS funds are split between State and local government.
Maryland's Rural Legacy (RLP) was created within the DNR to preserve large blocks of working rural lands for future generations. The Program protects natural, cultural, agricultural, forest and environmental resources from urban sprawl development and promotes land conservation statewide by granting funds to local governments and land trusts to conserve land through easement and fee purchases within designated rural legacy areas. The RLP is using an objective scoring approach similar to the POS Targeting to review and allocate its limited grant funds.
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) was formed in 1967 to conserve, improve, stimulate, and perpetuate the aesthetic, natural, scenic and cultural aspects of the Maryland environment. The Trust also promotes conservation of open space, and appreciation of the environment and its care. Four main programs come under the Trust: Conservation Easements, Keep Maryland Beautiful, Local Land Trust Assistance, and Rural Historic Village Protection.
The POS program acquires recreation and open space areas for local public use.
This program protects cultural, agricultural, forest and environmental resources from urban sprawl.
The Maryland Environmental Trust protects Maryland’s open spaces, farms, forests, and scenic landscapes.
Details lands protected by fee simple ownership and long-term or permanent easements.
- Program Open Space Ė State Side Program
- Program Open Space Targeting System
- How Land is Evaluated
- Rural Legacy Program
- CREP Easements
(Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program)
- Board of Public Works Relations
- Green Infrastructure
- Mapping Marylandís Green Infrastructure
- Why Large Forest Areas are Important
- Targeting Restoration Priorities
- Strategic Land Conservation
- Regional Contacts
- Acreage Reports
- Marylandís Conservation Lands Reporting Site
- GreenPrint Map
- Data and Monitoring
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