Conservation Priorities in Maryland

Maryland's natural landscape has been significantly altered by population increase and associated human activities, resulting in daunting threats to the state's 502 at risk wildlife species and 35 key wildlife habitats. Learn more about some of these species and habitats and what Maryland's conservation practitioners are doing to protect them.

Featured Priorities

  • Maryland GreenPrint Targeted Ecological Areas

    The Maryland GreenPrint Targeted Ecological Areas are a limited number of areas that rank exceptionally high for ecological criteria and that have a practical potential for preservation.

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  • Maryland Rural Legacy Areas

    The purpose of the Rural Legacy Program is to protect Maryland's best remaining rural landscapes and natural areas through the purchase of land or conservation easements.

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  • Maryland Agricultural Priority Preservation Areas

    Agricultural Priority Preservation Areas are designated by counties and certified by the Maryland Department of Planning as agricultural conservation priorities.

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  • Maryland Wildlife Action Plan

    Maryland's Wildlife Diversity Conservation Plan lays the groundwork for conserving Maryland's full array of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife by focusing on its more vulnerable species and the lands and waters they require for survival.

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