The Land Preservation Trust (LPT) has worked to protect Baltimore County’s agricultural and rural heritage for more than 33 years. LPT is dedicated to the preservation of the region's historic landscape, habitat, and water quality. The Piney Run Watershed Rural Legacy Area sponsored by LPT is the most successful Rural Legacy Area funded by the State of Maryland. To date, property owners have worked with LPT to permanently preserve more than 352 properties containing 12,688 acres. 

LPT has also developed Shawn Downs into a state of the art steeplechase course to celebrate the equestrian heritage of the area. The Legacy Chase held in September has annually raised upwards of $250,000 of support for oncology patients at GBMC. 

Our Mission

The LPT’s commitment to preserving land and natural resources is demonstrated by

  • Conservation Holding permanent conservation easements in trust.

  • Stewardship Ensuring the integrity of these easements, and cultivating connections with landowners. 

  • Education  Promoting through innovative methods the value of land preservation, especially its benefits in sustaining healthy resources and habitat.

The Land Preservation Trust (LPT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which preserves open space for future generations throughout northwest Baltimore County.

Our Board of Directors


Victoria C. Collins, President

Edward A. Halle, Jr., Esq., Vice-President, and Secretary


Charles C. Fenwick, Jr., Vice-President

Charles E. Vieth, Treasurer

Jack O'D. Fisher


Jack S. Griswold

George S. Hundt Jr.

Gail P. Riepe 

Nancy M. Roberts

Michael Sonnenfeld

Michael T. Wharton

Easement Committee


Victoria C. Collins

Edward A. Halle, Jr., Esq. 

George Hundt

Nancy M. Roberts

Gail P. Riepe

Michael Sonnenfeld

Michael T. Wharton

Shawan Downs Committee

H. Bruce Fenwick

Charles C. Fenwick, Jr.

Jack O'D. Fisher 

Shockey Gillett

Danielle B. Oster

Charles E. Vieth


Staff: Ann H. Jones - Easement and Rural Legacy Administrator

Danielle B. Oster - Director of Development

Communications – Anne Litz




Non-discrimination Policy

The Land Preservation Trust, Inc. (LPT) does not discriminate on the basis of religion, age, color, race, national origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, or disability. To ensure a safe and healthy work environment, LPT requires its directors, volunteers, and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties, and to abide by its Whistleblower Policy, as well as all pertinent local, state, and federal laws.

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13501 Falls Road

Cockeysville, MD  21030

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