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Profiling Maryland's Conservation Successes

Lewis Smith's soil health trial consists of three segments of corn growth, with one area having no cover crop, the second portion having a single cover crop, and the third section having a three-way cover crop mix.

NRCS Works to Promote Soil Health Among Maryland Landowners

In Maryland, NRCS is working directly with landowners and partners to explore the different ways farmers can build healthier soil on their land. Lewis Smith, a fourth-generation farmer from Easton, Maryland, is exploring the benefits of healthy soil through a five-year cover-crop study on his 340-acre Beaver Dam Farm.

Soil Health

Maryland Natural Resources Conservation Service has partnered with watermen to restore about 380 acres of oyster habitat since first offering the program in 2012.

Maryland NRCS Assists Talbot County Waterman with Oyster Restoration Projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

As efforts to help restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed continue to be a Maryland priority, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service works with farmers on water and on land to improve the Bay’s health. Creating and restoring habitat for filter-feeding oysters is one way watermen on the eastern shore are working with NRCS to improve water quality.

Oyster Restoration

Field technicians working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service recently recorded breeding golden-winged warblers at a property in Allegany County owned by Clyde McCarty, an 84-acre property that was enrolled in the Working Lands for Wildlife program about five years ago.

NRCS Works with Landowners to Create Habitat for “At-Risk” Golden-Winged and Cerulean Warblers

The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and landowners are partnering to create habitats for the golden-winged warbler and the cerulean warbler in the Appalachian region. In Maryland, foresters in Allegany County and Garrett County are targeting private forested lands to create high quality environments for these warblers.

Working Lands for Wildlife

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with partners to restore the natural floodplain surrounding the Pocomoke River.

Pocomoke River Restoration Efforts are Underway and Expanding

The Pocomoke River is the eastern-most river that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The 73-mile-long river drains water from four counties, in three states. Today, restoration of this river is continuing with the help of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Pocomoke River

In a seemingly typical urban neighborhood, The Greener Garden hides in the backyards of the urban homes in Baltimore City. The Greener Garden consists of high tunnel farming as well as open field farming, established by Warren Blue, a self-made farmer, with the help of his wife, Lavette.

A Baltimore City High Tunnel Brings Agriculture to its Urban Surroundings

In a seemingly typical urban neighborhood, The Greener Garden hides in the backyards of the urban homes in Baltimore City. The Greener Garden consists of high tunnel farming as well as open field farming, established by Warren Blue, a self-made farmer, with the help of his wife, Lavette.

The Greener Garden

A reproducing trout population was recently documented in this Carroll County stream one year after a fish passage and stream buffer project was completed.

Carroll County Fish Passage Project Shows Results One Year Later

A reproducing trout population was recently documented in a stretch of Big Pipe Creek in Carroll County, one year after a fish passage and stream buffer project was completed. This is the only brook trout population documented in the Carroll County portion of the Monocacy Watershed.

Dell Brothers Fish Passage

The Trans outside of their poultry house.

New Poultry Farmers Use NRCS Conservation Program to Protect the Chesapeake Bay

Muoi and Johnathan Tran raise chickens on Maryland's eastern shore, where the management of livestock manure and litter is highly scrutinized. With help from NRCS and the Chesapake Bay Watershed Initiative, the Trans are able to reduce pollution, remain profitable and improve water quality.

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Drip Irrigation at Angelica Nursery

Soil Conservation and Water Use Efficiency Are In Maryland Nursery's Roots

The local conservation partnership has guided Angelica Nurseries' conservation investments from the beginning.

Angelica Nurseries (PDF, 3 MB) | (html)

Will Morrow grows tomatoes in his high tunnel.

Organic Farm Diversifies With Seasonal High Tunnel

At Whitmore Farm, a variety of heritage breed livestock- rabbits, goats, chicken, hogs and lamb- take center stage. When owner Will Morrow decided to raise vegetables as well, he turned to NRCS' Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative to extend the growing season and maximize productivity on his small farm.

Whitmore Farm (PDF, 2 MB) | (html)

Conservation planning at Panora Acres.

Chesapeake Bay Family Brings Land Back to Life

At Panora Acres in Carroll County Maryland, the Sellers family had 300 head of dairy cattle eroding the stream banks and increasing nutrient concentrations in runoff. Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the family installed stream crossings to allow safe passage and avoid erosion and nutrients in the stream. They fenced their cattle out of 2 1/2 miles of the stream and planted buffers to stabilize the banks.

Panora Acres (PDF, 3 MB) | (html)