MacRo has contributed to the preservation of more than 6,000 acres of land throughout Maryland and several New England states. What’s more, we’ve assisted clients in the sale of development easements for more than 2,000 acres across Frederick, Montgomery, Howard and Washington counties in Maryland.
For more than two decades we’ve worked side-by-side with conservation and preservation organizations like the Civil War Preservation Trust, The Carrollton Manor Land Trust, The Frederick County Maryland Farm Bureau, the Land Trust Alliance and American Farmland Trust to protect our agricultural and natural heritage.
If conservation or preservation is an option that makes sense for your land or farm, we have the experience to successfully guide you through every step of the process. Our areas of expertise include but are not limited to:
State and Local Farmland Conservation and Easements
We help property owners identify the opportunities found in agricultural preservation easement programs that are available through the State of Maryland and its counties.
Forest Banking Credits
Frederick County property owners can establish buffers along streams and other environmentally sensitive areas that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. Buffer areas become forest easements where credits may be sold to developers who are required to provide forestation under the land development approval process. The MacRo team can negotiate the creation of Forest Banking areas, and, if desired, sell these credits to developers.
Transferable Development Rights (TDRS)
Maryland counties such as Montgomery and Howard provide opportunities for rural land preservation by vesting development rights in the property that are salable (transferable) from a “sending” parcel to “receiving” properties in designated development zones in other parts of the county. Once the rights are sold from a “sending” parcel, a perpetual land preservation easement is placed on the property.