Land Preservation

Covered BridgeA public meeting in 1989 initiated the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s broad mission of land preservation, watershed restoration, and education. That same year, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy secured its first conservation easement in the Prettyboy Reservoir area.  Since then, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy has preserved over 1,600 acres of land in the Gunpowder watershed. Our goal is to preserve 3,000 acres of land by 2025. Through the Gunpowder Watershed Conservation Project we will have the tools necessary to identify properties best suited for preservation.

Why preserve land?

Preserving land creates habitat for plants and wildlife, protects drinking water sources, and enhances soil health. Additionally, preserving land sustains forests, safeguards productive farmland, ensures recreational trails and open space, and maintains the rich historical landscape that we call home. GVC-landpres-map2Protected land adjacent to the Gunpowder River and its tributaries is critically important to water and air quality.  The filtering capacity of these lands is crucial, not only for fish and other wildlife habitat, but also because 61% of the Baltimore metropolitan area water supply comes from two reservoirs located within the Gunpowder Watershed.

Preserve your land with Gunpowder Valley Conservancy today! Contact Charlie Conklin for additional information.