The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 and is part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The Foundation purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland. MALPF settled on its first purchased easement in October 1980.
By the end of the 2010 fiscal year, MALPF will have helped landowners permanently protect from development more than 280,000 acres on approximately 2,100 farms. The Foundation has preserved farmland in all of Maryland’s 23 counties. Today, the Foundation manages a public investment of over $600 million in permanently preserved land.
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. The State of Maryland, with the work of the Foundation and its State and local partners, has preserved in perpetuity more agricultural land than any other state in the country.
What Is the Foundation’s Mission?
The mission of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is:
· To preserve productive farmland and woodland for the continued production of food and fiber for all of Maryland’s citizens (statutory goal);
· To curb the expansion of random urban development (statutory goal);
· To help curb the spread of urban blight and deterioration (statutory goal);
· To help protect agricultural land and woodland as open space (statutory goal);
· To protect wildlife habitat (ancillary goal); and
· To enhance the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries (ancillary goal).
Overview of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program:
Part One: Introduction and the Foundation’s Mission
Part Two: How Can the Foundation Help You?
Part Three: How Does the Foundation Operate?
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Martin O'Malley, Governor
Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor
Earl F. Hance, Secretary
Mary Ellen Setting, Deputy Secretary
Last revision: November 9, 2010.