New! Important Changes Coming to Maryland’s Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plans

Resources and Tools

by Daniel Rosen, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Are you looking for a hiking trail to relieve your cabin fever? Do you wonder where you can play this game of pickleball you’ve heard so much about?

Your county has you covered in its Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan (LPPRP).1 Updated every five years, the LPPRPs make counties eligible for state Program Open Space (POS) funds, which they use to buy park and recreation land, develop new parks, or renovate existing parks and recreation facilities.2 Many counties and their municipalities work together to ensure that the park and recreation needs of municipalities are addressed in the LPPRP. The next updated plans are scheduled for adoption by July 1, 2022.

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Maryland Forests Association Survey Helps Develop a Free Directory of Maryland Forest Products and Services

Planning in Progress

Did you know that the forest industry is the fifth largest industry in Maryland? It provides more than 18,000 jobs to people across the state. Maryland’s forests supply wood for homes, furniture, fiber, paper products, and more. It’s time to highlight this essential industry!

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Planning is developing a new online resource called the Land Preservation Dashboard

Planning in Progress

The Land Preservation Dashboard  is designed to provide users with a clear understanding of how Maryland is meeting its agricultural and environmental land preservation goals. The categories displayed in the dashboard represent various federal, state, local, and private land preservation programs that seek to preserve different types of land such as farmland, timberland, parks, forests, wetlands, riparian zones, and wildlife corridors. It is scheduled for release later this summer. Continue reading

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Has Developed a Tool for Assessing the Value of Land Across Maryland

Resources and Tools

Have you ever thought about, much less tried to assess, the economic benefits that open spaces and various types of natural ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and riparian zones have in non-development terms? How does one begin to quantify and put a price tag on carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat or oxygen production? These are the questions that a powerful tool developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aims to answer. Continue reading

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Seeking Input on Outdoor Recreation

Statewide Planning and Collaboration

While Planning is listening to Marylanders describe how a state development plan can enhance planning cooperation and implementation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to hear how Maryland can improve outdoor recreation opportunities through its Land Preservation and Recreation Plan. Continue reading