Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) easements are held by MD Department of Agriculture, which also oversees all settlements and administrative functions with Harford County staff serving as the liaison.
The Maryland Environmental Trust accepts donated easements that are individually negotiated with landowners. As such, they are highly customized and site specific designed to protect a property’s environmental value, but do include specific restrictions on how, if any, further subdivision is permitted.
The Rural Legacy Program is a unique approach to land conservation created to protect Maryland's best remaining landscapes and natural areas. Rural Legacy Areas are specifically delineated geographic areas that apply for and receive separate grants through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, with the resultant easements including specific resource protection conditions as well as the permanent retirement of development rights.
While not directly involved with their easements, Harford County also works with private groups such as the Harford Land Trust and Manor Conservancy and other entities to facilitate land preservation efforts.