The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 and is part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The Foundation purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland. MALPF settled on its first purchased easement in October 1980.
By the end of the 2019 fiscal year, MALPF will have helped landowners permanently protect from development more than 318,215 acres on approximately 2,347 farms. The Foundation has preserved farmland in all of Maryland’s 23 counties. Today, the Foundation manages a public investment of over $752 million in permanently preserved land.
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. The State of Maryland, with the work of the Foundation and its State and local partners, has preserved in perpetuity more agricultural land than any other state in the country.
The mission of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is:
- To preserve productive farmland and woodland for the continued production of food and fiber for all of Maryland's citizens (statutory goal);
- To curb the expansion of random urban development (statutory goal);
- To help curb the spread of urban blight and deterioration (statutory goal);
- To help protect agricultural land and woodland as open space (statutory goal);
- To protect wildlife habitat (ancillary goal); and
- To enhance the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries (ancillary goal).