Landowner Stories

Judy Dettner

Every conservation story starts the same way – it begins with a landowner, an individual or family, who chooses to protect their land, forever.

One of Harford Land Trust’s primary services is assisting landowners who voluntarily express interest in protecting their land. We connect with them, help them determine the conservation value of their property, learn about their protection goals, and try to find a way to protect it in perpetuity. We may work on a project from start to finish or participate in a faciliatory role. 


Photo by Tom Pelton

The Cassilly Family

Property Location
Darlington

Land Acreage
17 acres (two properties)

Preservation Model
Donated Conservation Easement

Why We Chose Preservation

“We wanted to ensure that generations to come can find the peace and joy that we have received from this property.”

Roni Cassilly


Photo by Harford County Government

The Davis Family

Property Location
Oakington Peninsula (Havre de Grace)

Land Acreage
347 acres

Preservation Model
Fee-simple sale of land for public parkland

Why Preservation Matters

“I am so happy that I can continue to go ‘Home’ for the rest of my life to enjoy the peace of Belle Vue. It is so important to us that the wildlife and trees and plants that have been on the farm for generations will continue to have a haven in this hectic and changing world.”

Sally (Davis) Cassilly


Photo by Harford Land Trust

The Lesser Family

Property Location
Coopstown (Jarrettsville)

Land Acreage
17 acres

Preservation Model
Donated Conservation Easement

Why We Chose Preservation

“We feel an ethical obligation to respect and preserve the kaleidoscope of life around us for we are all a part of it and will perish without it. What better way to preserve this land we love than to let it remain in Nature’s care under the guidance of the Harford Land Trust in the form of a conservation easement. We feel very strongly that it has been the right decision.”

Susan Lesser


Photo by Frank Marsden

The Vaughn Family

Property Location
Eden Mill (Pylesville)

Land Area
44 acres

Preservation Model
Fee-simple sale of land for public parkland

Why We Chose Preservation

“When we were very young. . . we enjoyed going to Eden Mill often to hike, row upstream, ice skate and see the abundant wildlife…Now my siblings and I are all in the third quarter (over 60 years young) and are happy our families can still enjoy Eden Mill as we did.”

Jeffrey Vaughn


Photo by Megan Rigdon

Our Work Depends on You

Harford Land Trust can save more land in Harford County, Maryland, because of generous people like you.

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