Maryland's Rural Legacy Board
The Rural Legacy Board consists of the Secretaries of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Chair), the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and the Maryland Department of Planning.
The Rural Legacy Board administers the Rural Legacy Program with assistance and advice from the Rural Legacy Advisory Committee. The Board annually designates Rural Legacy Areas and recommends areas for funding to the Board of Public Works.
The Rural Legacy Program encourages local governments and private land trusts to identify Rural Legacy Areas - delineated areas within a county that include both working farms and ecologically significant landscapes - and to competitively apply for funds to complement existing land conservation efforts or create new ones. Local Sponsors must apply annually to the Rural Legacy Board for participation in the Program and to receive funding.
Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, the Rural Legacy Board meeting is open to the public; however; part of the meeting may be conducted in closed session pursuant to § 3-305(b)(3). During the open portion of the meeting, if invited by the Chair to participate, the public may comment on the discussion. Please contact Tom McCarthy at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend or if you plan to attend and need any accommodations.
The Rural Legacy Board consists of the Secretaries of the Department of Natural Resources (Chair), the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Planning. The Rural Legacy Board administers the Program with assistance and advice from the Rural Legacy Advisory Committee. The Rural Legacy Board designates Rural Legacy Areas and recommends areas for funding to the Board of Public Works.
Rural Legacy Board Chair:
Secretary, Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Avenue, C-4
Annapolis, MD 21401
Secretary, Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Robert S. McCord
Secretary, Department of Planning
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland's Rural Legacy Advisory Committee
Rural Legacy Program Staff Contacts