Richards Easement

Project Description

This conservation easement in Allegany County, MD protects 14 acres of riparian forest along Town Creek and one of its tributaries which were restored through the CREP program, as well as the mature riparian forested areas already existing on the property. The total easement is 25 acres in size, and encompasses the floodplain area along a total of approximately one mile of Town Creek and a tributary of Town Creek. The CREP contract (not the easement) is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2015; the contract area was planted with a variety of hardwood species.

Project Map

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

Project Sites

  • Site 18: 32
  • Site 19: 32
  • Site 20: 32
  • Site 21: 32

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. scenic?

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 riparian buffers, and the retirement of highly erodible lands from agricultural use.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Federal Land Management Plan
    USDA/CREP contract
  • Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
    AS a tributary of the Potomac River, Town Creek is a conservation priority for the Potomac Conservancy.

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Rivers and Streams
  • 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
Conservation easement Completed -- --
CREP easement
Maintain or create natural stream buffers In Progress -- 2015
CREP contract: plant hardwood species


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

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

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Potomac Conservancy

Managing Organization

Potomac Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Emily Warner (Land Protection Manager)
Potomac Conservancy

General Information

Project #: 99828
Last Updated: October 15, 2012

Project Relations


Maryland Department of Natural Resources


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

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