Younker Easement

Project #: 99839  –   Updated: January 26, 2012

Project Summary

The donation of this conservation easement permanently protects an 8.91-acre farm property south of Dellinger Road in Washington County, MD.
The property includes a forested riparian buffer along a small stream and the C&O canal. The easement requires that a 100 foot vegetated riparian buffer be maintained.
Forest: native, deciduous forest
Wildlife: turkey, geese, hawks, vultures, owls, woodpeckers, swallow, bobcat, red fox, white tailed deer, rabbit, squirrels, chipmunks and frogs. The forested area of the property contains Forest Interior Dwelling Bird Habit...

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Location (by county):
Washington County (MD)

Watersheds:
Conococheague-Opequon

Congressional Districts:
MD District 06

Bird Conservation Regions:
Appalachian Mountains

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Project size:
8.91 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Site 12: 21 No

Full Project Description

The donation of this conservation easement permanently protects an 8.91-acre farm property south of Dellinger Road in Washington County, MD.
The property includes a forested riparian buffer along a small stream and the C&O canal. The easement requires that a 100 foot vegetated riparian buffer be maintained.
Forest: native, deciduous forest
Wildlife: turkey, geese, hawks, vultures, owls, woodpeckers, swallow, bobcat, red fox, white tailed deer, rabbit, squirrels, chipmunks and frogs. The forested area of the property contains Forest Interior Dwelling Bird Habitat.
Species: MD DNR's Natural Heritage database indicates 4 state endangered species, 2 highly rare species, 2 threatened species, and one specie in need of conservation.
Historic: the farm residence is on the National Register of Historic Places, and thought to be the oldest house in the county. The core structure was built of logs in 1738.
Scenic: the property may be viewed by the public from the C&O National Historic Park (adjacent) and from the waters of the Potomac River. There is a steep cliff on the property that drops down to the canal and river. The property and easement extend all the way to the water's edge of the Potomac River.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Permanent protection of conservation values, including scenic benefit to the public and water quality.
Conservation Mission
TPC'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. MET's mission is to provide landowners with information and tools to permanently protect natural, historic and scenic resources in the state.

Primary goals:

The primary purpose of this conservation easement is to maintain the significant conservation values, including water quality, wildlife habitat (including that of rare and endangered species), scenic, cultural, rural, agricultural, woodland, and wetland characteristics of the 8.91 acre Younker property.

Consistent with plans:

Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
The mainstem Potomac River is a Priority Watershed for the Potomac Conservancy.
Local Land Use Plan
The property was rezoned as Historic Preservation in 1999 and is consistent with the county's Comprehensive Plan.

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Human Habitats
      • Agriculture
    • Special Types
      • Cliff and Canyon

Targeted species:

  • Smooth Cliffbrake Pellaea glabella
  • Soft Fox Sedge Carex conjuncta
  • Northern White Cedar Thuja occidentalis
  • Eastern Leatherwood Dirca palustris

Actions

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

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

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DNR Natural Heritage also reports the presence of:

Cranjonyx dearolfi
Sphalloplana sp.1
Houstonia tenuifolia
Stygobromus allegheniensis (Allegheny Cave Amphipod)
Fontigens orolibas

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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 Environmental Trust

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