Miltenberger Farm Easement

Project Description

Under USDA/CREP, this conservation easement protects 8.6 acres of vegetated riparian buffer along the North Branch of the Potomac River and one of its unnamed tributaries, in Allegany County MD. The 8.6 acres are part of a larger 50-acre farm field located on the southerly side of the North Branch. The Easement Area along the North Branch consists of a strip of warm season grasses (bird habitat) along the field boundary, restored through the CREP program, which changes to trees along the stream bank. This section of the easement covers 2.369 acres along approximately 0.3 miles ...

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Allegany County, MD
Project Size:
  • 50.73 acres

Project Sites

  • Site 9: 12

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    The Potomac Conservancy’s primary focus is to restore water quality by advocating sound policy and promoting thoughtful land management. The Conservancy protects and restores Potomac landscapes by enhancing a network of rivers, forests, and natural areas.
  • Public Benefit
    Permanent protection of conservation values, including water quality.

Primary Goals:

  • The purpose of the conservation easement is to implement the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which aims to preserve and enhance water quality and wildlife habitat through the maintenance, or establishment and maintenance, of forested and vegetative riparian buffers, and the retirement of highly erodible lands from agricultural use.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Federal Land Management Plan
    USDA/FSA/CREP contract

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Rivers and Streams
  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Create or maintain aquatic habitat buffers Ongoing Management 2001 --
Conservation easement Completed 2001 --
Avoid crop or timber harvest in sensitive habitats Ongoing Management 2001 --
May cut grasses only after nesting seasons to protect wildllife
Other - Aquatic and riparian restoration and management: Maintain vegetative area ---- 2001 --
per easement conditions

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Annual easement stewardship visits by grantee(s).

Any Additional Information About The Project
Certain management activities in the Vegetative Easement Area would trigger the development and implementation of: a Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plan; an SCD Operation and Maintenance Plan; and/or a Forest Stewardship Plan.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Potomac Conservancy

Managing Organization

Potomac Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Emily Warner (Land Protection Manager)
Potomac Conservancy
Website

General Information

Project #: 99827
Last Updated: October 22, 2012

Project Relations

Partners

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Links

Potomac Conservancy website
website of DNR/Wildlife and Heritage/CREP

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