Farms, Forests, & Streams
in Northwestern Baltimore Co. Maryland.
The Land Preservation Trust (LPT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which preserves open space for future generations throughout northwest Baltimore County.
Promoting the value of land preservation, its benefits in sustaining healthy resources and habitat.
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LPT BY THE NUMBERS:
Connected Acres in the
target area of 20,000 acres of preserved land
LPT Preserved Acres
Permanently Preserved Properties
LPT announces an ambitious goal of permanently protecting 20,000 contiguous acres by the end of 2020.
We need your help to make this possible.
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Protecting land protects water quality
Our area is shaped by rivers and streams.
Piney Run, Western Run, Georges Run, Black Rock Run, and other major waterways are the landmarks we use to define our geography.
These rivers and streams feed into Prettyboy and Loch Raven reservoirs, which are major drinking water sources for the entire Baltimore Metropolitan Area. From these reservoirs, the water re-enters the Gunpowder River watershed and flows to the Chesapeake Bay. Protecting our farms and forests protects the quality of the metropolitan drinking water and the Bay.
CONSERVATION CHAMPION: The Cole Family
You can feel the country open up when you leave the town of Hampstead, travel South on Black Rock Road and enter the Piney Run Watershed Rural Legacy Area. It’s multi-generational farm families who make this possible. We have worked with one branch of the Cole family, Tom and Dianne Cole, and their children, to preserve two farms with Rural Legacy Easements. Their home farm spans two counties, and with the assistance of Carroll County we were able to preserve the farm in 2014. Tom and his son, Tom Jr., then purchased another farm that had already been protected with a Rural Legacy easement. In 2019 Tom Jr. and his wife, Ashley, bought a neighboring farm, using the Rural Legacy payments to make the purchase possible. Facilitating the transfer of farmland to a new generation of farmers creates a true rural legacy.