Our history

From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Chesapeake Bay, and from the Gunpowder River to the Susquehanna, Harford County contains some of Maryland's loveliest and most varied countryside. Located right on the busy corridor between Baltimore and the major cities of the Northeast, Harford County still has ecologically-vital tidal marshes, rolling uplands, clear streams, a viable and diverse agricultural economy, and valuable forests.

The Harford Land Trust was organized in 1991 by local residents to ensure that important natural systems and our most productive landscapes remain intact. Since its inception, the Harford Land Trust provides for development that meets community needs for housing, jobs, recreation and services and insists that such development respect and complement the values of natural lands.

In March of 1992, The Harford Land Trust purchased its first 145 acres of undeveloped lake, tidal inlet and woodlands near the Bush River and established a 103-acre Forest Greens Lake Preserve under Conservation Easement for permanent ownership and management by the Harford County Department of Parks & Recreation.

The Harford Land Trust has since helped protect more than 11,000 acres of farms, forests and community parks, holds conservation easements or other restrictions on over 1,000 acres of land and has retained ownership of over 300 acres dedicated to public enjoyment.