Agricultural Preservation

The Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation Program is seeking public input on the expansion of the Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area.  

The Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area was designed to focus additional land preservation efforts within the Deer Creek Watershed by utilizing The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rural Legacy Program.  The County would like to further expand the area to include the Broad Creek Watershed in order to increase opportunities to utilize the Rural Legacy Program within Harford County.  To be eligible for the Rural Legacy Program, a property must be located within the designated Rural Legacy Area.  Expanding the area to the Broad Creek Watershed will increase the number of eligible properties and ensure the County can fully utilize funds provided by the DNR program.

Click here to view the proposed Rural Legacy Area map.

Feedback may be provided via email to Jennifer Wilson at jrwilson@harfordcountymd.gov and should be submitted no later than January 5, 2024.

Leader in preservation

With more than 64,000 acres preserved, Harford County has been a nationally recognized leader in farmland preservation since 1977. Our agricultural preservation program offers a variety of options for landowners to preserve their land on a competitive basis. The Harford Agricultural Land Preservation Program (HALPP) and Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) easement programs are augmented by other programs and partners, such as Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program and Maryland Environmental Trust, among others.

Basic eligibility for all programs requires properties to be agricultural or forest production, have at least one extra development right available and meet certain minimum soil productivity standards as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

Click the image below to see a larger map of Harford County's land preservation.

Agricultural Preservation Map

Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board

A five-member Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board assists in administering the various county preservation programs. Board members provide recommendations to the Department of Planning and Zoning regarding easement purchases and other actions on properties. The board holds open monthly meetings as posted on the county website.