The Gunpowder Watershed Conservation Project
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy launched the Gunpowder Watershed Conservation Project in 2015 with a goal of identifying and mapping lands that should be prioritized for preservation. The National Park Service is providing the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy with technical assistance through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.
Maps based on preservation priorities identified during workshops hosted by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy will culminate in a Strategic Conservation Plan to guide the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s future land preservation efforts. Resource experts and representatives from other area land trust organizations attending the first workshop in the Summer of 2015 helped generate a list of preservation priorities. An example of a preservation priority may include prioritizing the preservation of land that protects and improves water quality. A second workshop took place in Spring of 2016 to survey board members' preferences for these preservation priorities throughout the watershed.
In addition to soliciting input from area land trusts with shared preservation interests, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is utilizing Baltimore County’s extensive resource data, as well as data from surrounding counties, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Chesapeake Bay Program to assist in the process of prioritizing lands of highest resource value so that they can be targeted for preservation.
To learn more about the Gunpowder Watershed Conservation Project, contact Ann Jones.