American Chestnut Land Trust
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Land Preservation

A central part of our mission involves promoting land conservation throughout Calvert County.

Land Purchase

The ACLT purchased its first property in 1987. The land trust enrolled the property in the Calvert County Agricultural Preservation Program and sold the development rights on it. This resulted in a deed restriction being placed on the property forever limiting its development potential. In addition, ACLT donated a conservation easement to the Maryland Environmental Trust, providing a second layer of permanent protection of the "scenic, cultural, rural, agricultural, woodland and wetland character of the Property." ACLT now owns over 900 acres, all of which are similarly protected.

Promote Land Preservation by Others

ACLT's decision to "cross the creek" and begin preserving property on the north side of Parkers Creek at Double Oak Farm, was instrumental in persuading The Nature Conservancy and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to acquire property in the Parkers Creek watershed. Today, DNR owns approximately 1,780 acres that are managed by ACLT.

In addition, over 1,000 acres have been preserved by private landowners in the Parkers Creek watershed, using the county's agricultural preservation program, conservation easements, and through residential open space.

Conservation Easements

ACLT also participates in the Maryland Rural Legacy Program. This program provides funds to local governments to purchase easements in designated Rural Legacy areas. Land trusts partner with local government to co-hold these easements and provide monitoring services. Today, ACLT holds conservation easements on four properties totaling 360 acres under this program. In addition, Calvert County purchased two properties in the Parkers Creek watershed totaling 215 acres utilizing this state conservation easement program.

ACLT also accepts donated conservation easements from landowners who wish to continue to own their land, but want to permanently protect its conservation values. Donation of a conservation easement to ACLT may qualify the donor for tax benefits. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact the ACLT Executive Director to learn more about this option.

Additional Links

Calvert County Agricultural Preservation Program

Maryland Environmental Trust

Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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