Land Acquisition and Planning


The Stewardship Division:

  • Administers Department-wide Stewardship Teams who review and prioritize department acquisitions
  • Oversees the Resident Curatorship Program
  • Conducts trail planning
  • Prepares the State’s Land Preservation and Recreation Plan (LPRP), including providing technical assistance to local governments in the preparation of their Local Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan.

 Cover of the 2014-2018 Land Preservation & Recreation Plan Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan 2014-2018

The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan is prepared every five years to identify essential and contemporary issues impacting outdoor recreation and natural resource protection in Maryland. This Plan was developed using public input gathered through surveys, stakeholder meetings and thorough analysis of national, state and local issues impacting recreation and natural resource conservation.

The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan will help guide land conservation and development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years and builds upon the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to include proactive approaches to address critical issues identified in the planning process. The Plan aims to: provide Maryland’s citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities; encourage the enjoyment and stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection. It also serves as Maryland’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and qualifies the state to receive funding through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Please click here to read the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan.

2017 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan Guidelines and Resources

Stewardship Staff Contacts