Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by Program Open Space including:
When a person buys a house or land, a 0.5% State property transfer tax is collected which funds Program Open Space. This was designed to directly tie development to available funding for open space and recreational facilities for the public good.
The support of homeowners and landowners in this effort has resulted in the acquisition of more than 334,000 acres of open space directly through POS for state parks and natural resource areas and more than 46,000 acres of local park land.
*Acreage includes Program Open Space Stateside, Program Open Space Local, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program permanent easements as of December 31, 2017. Updated acreage by program is available at Maryland’s Conservation Lands Reporting Site.
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