Maryland Rural Legacy Program
Program Purpose: To preserve farmland, forestland and environmentally sensitive land for agricultural uses as well as permanent critical habitat protection.
Type of Easement: While funded through grants to the County from the Maryland Department of Natural Re-sources, Rural Legacy easements are held by the
County Commissioners and administered by the County.
Eligibility Factors and Criteria:
1. Properties must be located within a designated Rural Legacy Area (RLA). There are two approved Rural Legacy Areas in Carroll County: Little Pipe Creek RLA in the west/northwest portion of the County and the Upper Patapsco RLA in the east/northeast portion. Call our office to determine eligibility.
2. Properties must have development potential. Preference is given to properties over 30 acres, however, in some cases smaller properties may be considered.
Limitations on Development: Only agricultural structures may be constructed. In some cases the right to reserve a building lot may be permitted, however the easement purchase price will be significantly reduced.
Easement Value: The easement value or purchase price is determined by a formula based on development potential, parcel size, contiguity to existing easements, soils, and natural resources to be protected.
Stewardship: Seller agrees to allow periodic visits to examine required stream buffers and land conditions in accordance with the total resource management plan and
forest stewardship plan requirements.
Method of Payment: Landowners receive lump sum payment.
Information: Call 410 386-2214.