Richards Easement

Project #: 99828  –   Updated: October 15, 2012

Project Summary

This conservation easement in Allegany County, MD protects 14 acres of riparian forest along Town Creek and one of its tributaries which were restored through the CREP program, as well as the mature riparian forested areas already existing on the property. The total easement is 25 acres in size, and encompasses the floodplain area along a total of approximately one mile of Town Creek and a tributary of Town Creek.
The CREP contract (not the easement) is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2015; the contract area was planted with a variety of hardwood species.

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Location (by county):
Allegany County (MD)

Watersheds:
Cacapon-Town

Congressional Districts:
MD District 06

Bird Conservation Regions:
Appalachian Mountains

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Project size:
9.17 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Site 18: 32 Yes
Site 19: 32 Yes
Site 20: 32 Yes
Site 21: 32 Yes

Full Project Description

This conservation easement in Allegany County, MD protects 14 acres of riparian forest along Town Creek and one of its tributaries which were restored through the CREP program, as well as the mature riparian forested areas already existing on the property. The total easement is 25 acres in size, and encompasses the floodplain area along a total of approximately one mile of Town Creek and a tributary of Town Creek.
The CREP contract (not the easement) is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2015; the contract area was planted with a variety of hardwood species.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
The Potomac Conservancy’s primary focus is to restore water quality by advocating sound policy and promoting thoughtful land management. The Conservancy protects and restores Potomac landscapes by enhancing a network of rivers, forests, and natural areas.
Public Benefit
Permanent protection of conservation values. scenic?

Primary goals:

The purpose of the conservation easement is to implement the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which aims to preserve and enhance water quality and wildlife habitat through the maintenance, or establishment and maintenance, of forested riparian buffers, and the retirement of highly erodible lands from agricultural use.

Consistent with plans:

Federal Land Management Plan
USDA/CREP contract
Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
AS a tributary of the Potomac River, Town Creek is a conservation priority for the Potomac Conservancy.

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
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Maintain or create natural stream buffers Show/Hide details

Outcomes

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Organization

Potomac Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Emily Warner  (Land Protection Manager)
Potomac Conservancy
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Partners

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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