Protecting the lands we love
Over the last 50 years, Maryland has lost an average of 7,200 acres of forest lands per year. Central Maryland’s proximity to the major urban centers of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, and Northern Virginia make our region — the Heart of Maryland — an attractive area for new development. Our local farms and orchards are particularly threatened with development pressure.
Agricultural lands are part of our cultural history, and are a vital part of our local economy. Historic sites, like Civil War battlefield areas, are part of our landscape. Preserving our natural areas protects wildlife habitat and streams. Conserving the landscapes surrounding our public parks and forests protects the outdoor experiences we all treasure.
Protecting your land with a voluntary conservation easement ensures that it will remain forever protected and under stewardship forever.
Catoctin Land Trust partners with landowners to help them develop conservation plans that are good for them and great for the Heart of Maryland.