Maryland Atlas of Greenways, Water Trails and Green Infrastructure
Introduction
Complete List of Maps
Appendices

Allegany County
Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Calvert County
Caroline County
Carroll County
Cecil County
Charles County
Dorchester County
Frederick County
Garrett County
Harford County
Howard County
Kent County
Montgomery County
Prince George's County
Queen Anne's County
St. Mary's County
Somerset County
Talbot County
Washington County
Wicomico County
Worcester County

Welcome
The cover of the Greenways Atlas The 2000 Maryland Atlas of Greenways, Water Trails, and Green Infrastructure is created through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, other state agencies, private conservation groups, land trusts and county representatives. This atlas is published every four years. There are descriptions of areas in each county, as well as maps for each county. The maps are in Adobe Acrobat format and show Greenways, Water Trails and Protected Lands and Green Infrastructure. The maps are available within the county descriptions from the list to the left. Or, you can get the complete list of maps from the link to the left under the introduction. You can also order a hard copy of the Atlas from the Department of Natural Resources.

New Features


The Maryland Greenways Commission is pleased to present the 2000 edition of the Maryland Atlas of Greenways, Water Trails, and Green Infrastructure. Thanks to a fruitful partnership with several units within the Department of Natural Resourceís (DNRís) Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service, this edition has been greatly expanded from previous versions. Most significant is the addition of green infrastructure maps. Unlike the greenways maps which focus on protected lands, green infrastructure maps are based on a statewide scientific and systematic assessment and identify ecologically significant lands (regardless of ownership or protection status). Generally speaking, the green infrastructure shows a larger context from which a protected greenways system can ultimately be carved.

Water trails are also a new feature for this atlas. There are numerous places in Maryland that are well-known destinations for paddling, and more towns and counties are seeing the benefit of establishing water trails as a tourist attraction. State and federal parks are also developing river guides and establishing facilities for access, equipment rental, and other amenities. Existing and proposed water trails are included on the greenways maps.

Marylandís Greenways Program


Greenways are natural corridors set aside to connect larger areas of open space and to provide for the conservation of natural resources, protection of habitat, movement of plants and animals, and to offer opportunities for linear recreation, alternative transportation, and nature study. Maryland has over 1,500 miles of protected greenways corridors, including over 600 miles of trails. Most of the land in the system is publicly owned. All Maryland greenways provide some level of ecological benefits and most serve multiple purposes. Especially in urban areas, stream valley parks tend to take on multiple functions such as stream buffers, flood control areas, wildlife corridors, and recreation areas. Most corridors can, however, be classified as primarily ecological or recreational. (There are also a few corridors classified as pedestrian connectors.)

Ecological corridors: purchased/protected primarily for natural resource protection or wildlife corridors, although they often contain trails or other amenities aimed at serving the human population.

Recreational corridors: purchased/protected primarily for recreation, although these corridors contain at least a minimal natural buffer affording some ecological and/or habitat benefits.

Connectors: walkways or on-road routes in heavily built environments that provide key connections between or within greenways corridors; these have little, if any, ecological benefits.

Water Trails: recognized water routes with access points, resting places, and destination spots along marine and inland waterways, designed for appropriate watercraft in accordance with the natural characteristics of each specific area.

The greenways maps in this atlas show protected lands (lands owned by a government or conservation agency, lands owned by or under easement to a land trust, and lands under agricultural easement) in each county. They also depict existing, planned, and potential greenways corridors.


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