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... or information about the Critical Area Program or questions relating to State oversight of local programs, e-mail us or call 410-260-3460

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Critical Area Commission
1804 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401


Maryland Critical Area Commission Contacts

If you have general questions about the Critical Area Law and Criteria click here.

For policy, regulatory or mapping issues click here.

For issues related to the Buffer, other Habitat Protection Areas, or conservation and mitigation practices click here.

For more specific questions, please select from the list of counties in order to direct you to the appropriate staff person.

Map of Maryland counties.
Anne Arundel County Baltimore City Baltimore County
Calvert County Caroline County Cecil County
Charles County Dorchester County Harford County
Kent County Prince George's County Queen Anne's County
Somerset County St. Mary's County Talbot County
Wicomico County Worcester County


Kate Charbonneau
Executive Director

General Questions on the Critical Area Law and Criteria.

E-mail: Katherine.Charbonneau@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3475

Lisa Hoerger
Regulations and Mapping Coordinator

Coordinates among the Commission, State government, local governments and various stakeholders pertaining to the regulations and policies of the Commission. Also coordinates the remapping of the 1,000-foot Critical Area boundary.

Federal Projects
Harford County

Havre de Grace

E-mail: Lisa.Hoerger@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3478

Claudia Jones
Science Advisor

Program and policy issues regarding Habitat Protection Areas, wetlands streams and concerns relating to habitat protection and water quality. Specific questions about conservation, protective easements, and mitigation.

E-mail: Claudia.Jones@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3482

Nick Kelly
Regional Program Chief

General Project and Program Questions including site plans, subdivisions, variances, violations, amendments to local programs, growth allocations, Critical Area map issues, shore erosion control, etc.

E-mail: Nick.Kelly@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3483

Charlotte Shearin
Regional Program Chief

General project and program questions including site plans, subdivisions, variances, violations, amendments to local programs, growth allocations, Critical Area map issues, etc.

E-mail: Charlotte.Shearin@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3480

Alex DeWeese
Natural Resources Planner

Researches issues related to modified buffer areas, sea-level rise, and redevelopment.

Baltimore City
Cecil County

Chesapeake City
North East
Dorchester County
Kent County
Rock Hall

E-mail: Alexandra.Deweese@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3479

Kate Durant
Natural Resources Planner

Anne Arundel County
Highland Beach
Somerset County
Worcester County

E-mail: Kathryn.Durant@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3477

Jennifer Esposito
Natural Resources Planner

Calvert County
Charles County
Indian Head
Maryland Port Administration
Talbot County

St. Michaels

E-mail: Jennifer.Esposito@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3468

Michael Grassmann
Natural Resources Planner

Perryville (Cecil)
Port Deposit (Cecil)
Charlestown (Cecil)
Hillsboro (Caroline)
Queen Anne (Queen Anne’s)
Queenstown (Queen Anne’s)

E-mail: Michael.Grassmann@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3462

Tay Harris
Natural Resources Planner

Caroline County
Ocean City
Prince George’s County
Wicomico County
Mardela Springs
Chesapeake Beach (Calvert County)
North Beach (Calvert County)
Cambridge (Dorchester County)
Secretary (Dorchester County)
Vienna (Dorchester County)
Crisfield (Somerset County)
Princess Anne (Somerset County)
Snow Hill (Worcester County)
Pocomoke City (Worcester County)

E-mail: Tay.Harris@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3481

Susan Makhlouf
Natural Resources Planner

Baltimore County
Queen Anne’s County
St. Mary’s County
Greenwell State Park
Historic St. Mary’s City
St. Mary’s College

E-mail: Susana.Makhlouf@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3476

Annie Sekerak
Natural Resources Planner

Federalsburg (Caroline)
Greensboro (Caroline)
Betterton (Kent)
Millington (Kent)
Centreville (Queen Anne’s)
Church Hill (Queen Anne’s)

E-mail: Ann.Sekerak@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3466

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