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Land Conservation

Over the last 20 years, the MacRo Team has worked closely with property owners and conservation organizations to preserve more than 6,000 acres of land throughout Maryland and in several New England states.

MacRo Ltd. can prepare a land program analysis to detail your options and help determine how to best use your property rights to achieve your goals. Conservation easements and land preservation strategies have become viable tools for our clients and we have assisted clients in the sale of development easements for more than 2,000 acres in Frederick, Montgomery, Howard and Washington counties in Maryland.

MacRo, Ltd. has been a benefactor member of the Carrolton Manor Land Trust in Buckeystown, Maryland. Other memberships have included such organizations as the Civil War Preservation Trust, Land Trust Alliance, American Farmland Trust and the Frederick County Maryland Farm Bureau.

Call on our experience to help you navigate the intricacies of these conservation options:

State and Local Farmland Conservation Easements:

Our staff has consulted with many property owners throughout the region to sort through and identify the myriad of opportunities found in agricultural easement programs that are available through the State of Maryland and its counties.

Forest Banking Credits:

In 1991 the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service established the Forest Conservation Act. Local regulations allow property owners in Frederick County to establish buffers along streams and other environmentally-sensitive areas that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. These 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 guides and assists property owners in the creation of Forest Banking areas as well as selling these credits to developers.

Transferable Development Rights (TDRs):

Some 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. MacRo has extensive experience in working with clients on both sides of these transactions. Rocky Mackintosh has consulted with several parties from many governmental jurisdictions up and down the eastern seaboard to outline the best practices on the basics of a successful TDR program.

After my husband died, I wanted to sell 70 acres we owned in Montgomery County. I’m not experienced in real estate, so I turned to MacRo. They resolved complex title problems I hadn’t known about, subdivided the land and sold serialized transferable development rights – all to make the sale more profitable for me.

Renée Latt
The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

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