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 and people of all backgrounds. 

  • 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

Nancy M. Roberts, Vice-President

Charles E. Vieth, Treasurer

Jack S. Griswold

Gail P. Riepe 

Michael Sonnenfeld

Michael T. Wharton

Easement Committee


Michael Sonnenfeld

Victoria C. Collins

Edward A. Halle, Jr., Esq. 


Nancy M. Roberts

Gail P. Riepe

Michael T. Wharton

Shawan Downs Committee

Victoria C. Collins

H. Bruce Fenwick

Charles C. Fenwick, Jr.

Jack S. Griswold

Shockey Gillett

Blake Sheehan

James Stierhoff 

Charles E. Vieth

Michael T. Wharton


Part Time Staff and Independent Contractors

Easement Director – Ann Jones

Office Administration - Valerie Fox Becker

Shawan Downs Coordination – Danielle Oster

Communications – Anne Litz

Course maintenance – Rene Mancia Guerra and Kevin Howard

Hay Farming – Branchwater Farms



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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The Land Preservation Trust welcomes the opportunity to partner with organizations to provide assistance with conservation initiatives and other environmental projects through various funding opportunities. If your organization is interested in participating with us to provide these services to landowners in Baltimore County, please contact Ann Jones,  As with all of our programs and services, this opportunity is offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to religion, age, color, race, national origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, or disability.

Please contact LPT if you have any questions