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Maryland is recognized throughout the Nation for its innovative land acquisition and protection programs, including Program Open Space and the Rural Legacy Programs.
The Department of Natural Resources manages over 475,000 acres of public lands and protected open space in the State. From Swallow Falls State Park in the Alleghenies to the Pocomoke River State Forest on the Eastern Shore, the department's public lands represent some of the most significant ecological and cultural landscapes found in Maryland. Each year, thousands of visitors also enjoy the Department of Natural Resources public lands for a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including wildlife observation, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, and camping
The Annual Department of Natural Resources Acreage Report only reflects department owned land. This data is provided by the Real Property team in the Land
Acquisition and Planning Unit of the Department of Natural Resources. Our report is updated annually
and tracks the state lands purchased by the Department of Natural
This single point of reference for tracking protected land in
Maryland is up-dated frequently. Launched in October 2006, this exciting tool uses the best
available data from a variety of federal, state and local partners to
track and report the number of acres permanently protected from the
threat of development in Maryland's landscape.
Since its first easement in 1972, the Maryland Environmental Trust has permanently protected more than 132,000 acres on over 1,065 properties State-wide. A leader in land conservation, Maryland Environmental Trust has helped hundreds of families to preserve their family history, agricultural operations, and natural resources.
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