73 Acres in Prince George’s County Conserved
A 73-acre woodland tract near Fort Washington has been permanently protected under a conservation easement between The Conservancy of Broad Creek and Maryland Environmental Trust. The Conservancy gifted the easement to the Trust to ensure it will remain untouched for future generations, helping protect the region’s rich history and beautiful lands.
“We are pleased to partner with The Conservancy of Broad Creek to safeguard the scenic and historic character of this community,” Maryland Environmental Trust Director Bill Leahy said. “Without local partners like the Conservancy, we would not be able to accomplish our mission for long term stewardship of Maryland’s lands .”
“It is in our mission to preserve and protect the natural areas within the Broad Creek Historic District,” The Conservancy of Broad Creek President Michael Leventhal said. “Using conservation easements is an effective approach in meeting our goals. We value our strong partnership with the Maryland Environmental Trust.”
The property, known as the Broad Creek Woods, is located within the county’s Broad Creek Historic District, which was recently designated a National Register Historic Site for containing notable examples of southern Maryland’s cultural heritage. The easement lies directly across from St. John’s Episcopal Church, one of the oldest Anglican parishes in Maryland, and just north of historic Harmony Hall, the 18th century mansion on 60 acres owned by the National Park Service. The property is also located along the proposed public trail corridor known as the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which will connect to the nearby historic sites and to the county-owned Henson Creek Stream Valley Park multi-use trail
The Maryland Environmental Trust is a unit of the Department of Natural Resources and is governed by a citizen board of trustees. The trust holds around 1,080 easements protecting close to 134,000 acres in Maryland. For more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov/met.