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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.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A. INTRODUCTION
B. PLANNING CONTEXT
C. PLANNING PROCESS & TIMELINE
D. KEY FINDING
E. KEY STRATEGIE
F. LAND PRESERVATION AND RECREATION PLAN CHAPTER SUMMARY

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

A. Vision for Land Preservation and Outdoor Recreation in Maryland
B. Alignment with National Outdoor Recreation Priorities
C. Collaborative Outdoor Recreation and Cultural History Projects
D. Purpose of the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan
E. Value of Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Protection.
F. Outdoor Recreation Impacts on Health and Livability
G. Existing Plan Review

CHAPTER 2: MARYLAND’S OUTDOOR RECREATION DEMAND

A. Planning Methodology
B. Public Engagement Summary
C. Demographic Profile and Analysis
D. Trends Analysis
E. Accessibility and Equity

CHAPTER 3: MARYLAND OUTDOOR RECREATION SUPPLY

A. Public Lands Inventory & Level of Service Analysis
B. Analysis Methodology
C. Inventory and Level of Analysis
D. Resource Maps (Reference)
E. Perspective Maps (Analytical)
F. General Recommendations Based on Findings

CHAPTER 4: CONNECTING PEOPLE AND PLACES

A. The Significance of Maryland’s Trails
B. DNR Trails Committee
C. The Challenge of Trail User Conflicts
D. DNR Trails Committee Goals and Objectives
E. Multi‐Agency Collaboration
F. Water Trails
G. 2009 MDOT Trails Strategic Implementation Plan
H. Cycling and Walking Trends
I. 2009‐2013 LPRP Plan Accomplishments
J. Maryland’s Trail and Greenway Success Stories

CHAPTER 5: LAND PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION

A. Sustaining Maryland’s Legacy
B. Maryland’s GreenPrint
C. Wetlands Preservation
D. Maryland’s Land Conservation Programs
E. Emerging Issues.
F. Community Connections Land Conservation Initiative
G. Partnerships.124 
H. Community Empowerment and Cultural Heritage

CHAPTER 6: STRATEGIES & ACTIONS

A. The Future Direction of Land Preservation & Recreation
B. Strategies and Actions Summary
C. Implementation

APPENDIX

Appendix A: Status of Recommendations: 2009‐2013 Maryland Land 
Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan – Volume II
Appendix B: Technical Advisory Committee Notes
Appendix C: Regional Stakeholder Meeting Notes
Appendix D: DNR Trails Committee: Supplemental Recommendations
Appendix E: Simple Guidelines to Create a “Friends of Trails Organization" Appendix F: Inventory and Level of Service Analysis Methodology
Appendix G: Inventory Tables
Appendix H: Survey Report 
Appendix I: LPRP Local Plan Review Checklist
Appendix J: Key Issues Analysis Matrix

Table of Figures 

Figure 1: Key Strategies – 2014-2018 Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan
Figure 2: Total DNR Acreage by Easement and Public Ownership
Figure 3: State Park Visitors Five Year History
Figure 4: Participation in Outdoor Recreation Activities – Top Ten Activities Overall
Figure 5: Participation in Outdoor Recreation Activities – Middle Ten Activities Overall
Figure 6: Participation in Outdoor Recreation Activities – Bottom 10 Overall
Figure 7: Importance and Level of Needs Being Met
Figure 8: Level of Satisfaction with Attributes of DNR
Figure 9: DNR Funding and Fees by Region
Figure 10: Renewable and Non-renewable Resources by Region
Figure 11: Most Important Facilities to be Added, Expanded, or Improved
Figure 12: Three Most Important Aspects in Most Need of Improvement
Figure 13: State of Maryland Population Forecast (1990 – 2040)
Figure 14: 2010 State of Maryland Subarea Population Breakdown by Age
Figure 15: 2010 State of Maryland Regional Population Growth Projections

Figure 16: Net Migration by Region from 2006 to 2010
Figure 17: Concentration of Population in Maryland
Figure 18: GreenPrint TEAs Conservation Priorities
Figure 19: GreenPrint TEAS Website
Figure 20: GreenPrint Summary Statistics
Figure 21: Protected Lands Activity History
Figure 22: Online Park Equity Analysis Tool
Figure 23: Wetland Adaptation Areas
Figure 24: Four Tiers for Land Designation – The Septics Bill

Table of Tables 

Table 1: DNR Revenue History
Table 2: Needs-Based Priorities for Recreation and Parks by Jurisdiction
Table 3: Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Viewing Expenditures in Maryland
Table 4: Regional Demographic Overview
Table 5: DNR Vessels and User Types

Table of Maps 

Map 1: Maryland DNR Regions
Map 2: Resource Map F: State Population Density
Map 3: Resource Map B: Central Region Inventory
Map 4: Resource Map C: Southern Region Inventory
Map 5: Resource Map D: Western Region Inventory
Map 6: Resource Map E: Eastern Region Inventory
Map 7: Perspective Map A: Proximity to Natural Areas
Map 8: Perspective Map B: Proximity to Water Access
Map 9: Perspective Map C: Proximity to Picnicking
Map 10: Perspective Map D: Proximity to Hunting
Map 11: Perspective Map E: Proximity to Fishing
Map 12: Perspective Map F: Proximity to Hiking Trails
Map 13: Perspective Map G: Proximity to All Trails

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