Category: Land Preservation

The Sierra Club – Greater Baltimore Group

photo by: alyssa

The Sierra Club – Greater Baltimore Group, the local branch of the well-respected national organization, includes Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County. The group spreads its conservation message via hiking outings, lectures, and seasonal events of both the urban and rural variety. Volunteers are consistently sought to lead outdoor programs, assist in fundraising campaigns, petition lawmakers to enact eco-friendly policies, and, on a microcosmic level, make conscious, environmentally aware changes in their own home- and work-spaces.

The Nature Conservancy

photo by: Joe Stewart

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. They partner with indigenous communities, businesses, governments, multilateral institutions, and other non-profit organizations to address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems. Since their founding in 1951, they have protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. They now operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

1000 Friends of Maryland

photo by: Joe Stewart

1000 Friends of Maryland seeks primarily to fight poorly planned development. They work to protect Maryland’s natural areas and waterways, strengthen neighborhoods, and restore Maryland’s cities through education, technical assistance, and advocacy. Protecting historic and natural resources, assuring efficient transportation choices, and supporting development that takes the public’s interest into account are all part of their commitment.

Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.

photo by: Joe Stewart

The Hughes Center, part of the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, works to protect the state’s agricultural landscapes while maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Employing a three-tiered approach – scientific research, policy analysis, and outreach – the center promotes alternative agricultural processes, sensible land usage, and eco-friendly forestry, through a variety of policy-based and science-based perspectives.