Maryland

  • Preserving the Chesapeake Bay and its cultural significance

    By Corey Himrod November 4

    Some incredible environmental and cultural preservation projects are being carried out by land trusts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • 'A dream come true': Historically Black beach to become park

    By Kirsten Ferguson July 22

    During the Jim Crow era of forced racial segregation, Black Americans were prohibited from visiting beaches like Ocean City or Atlantic City. However, several Maryland beaches owned by the Carr family of Annapolis were getaways — known as “The Beaches” — that welcomed Black people and hosted renowned Black musicians like Billie Holiday, Count Basie and James Brown.

  • New coalition supports climate resilience in Maryland

    By Kirsten Ferguson April 19

    In September, land trusts, historical societies and multiple conservation organizations and agencies joined together on the banks of the Patuxent River to announce the formation of the Southern Maryland Conservation Alliance. The coalition’s mission is to conserve and restore Southern Maryland’s landscapes, waterways and shorelines, which are needed to maintain species diversity and wildlife corridors in a changing climate.

  • A green retreat grows in Baltimore

    By Kirsten Ferguson September 9, 2021

    BLISS Meadows is a 10-acre land reclamation project that brings educational farming and equitable access to green space in northeast Baltimore.

  • Volunteer opportunities for conservation

    By Kelsey Pramik April 13, 2021

    Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to meet new people, visit beautiful places and give back to your community. Whether you want to get outside and enjoy a hands-on experience at your local preserve or offer your time in a skills-based capacity, there are many ways you can donate your time to support your local land trust.

  • Mapping Black history

    By Kirsten Ferguson February 22, 2021

    Historically, accounts of the Chesapeake Bay watershed have too regularly excluded Black voices and narratives. This 400-year omission affects how and where conservation takes place. To begin to right this wrong and tell the full story of local watersheds and landscapes, a major new project is underway to document African American sites in the region.