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Mudford Farm

Project #: 1833  –   Updated: April 20, 2012

Project Summary

275 acre farm utilizing wetland and vegetative buffer restoration to reduce nutrient pollution into Chesapeake Bay, and to provide wildlife habitat, while retaining the best soils for more sustainable agricultural production. Farm is a pilot project that will producesaleable water quality credits through the Bay Bank.

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Location (by county):
Queen Anne's County (MD)

Watersheds:
Chester-Sassafras

Congressional Districts:
MD District 01

Bird Conservation Regions:
New England/Mid Atlantic Coast

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Project size:
550.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Mudford Farm Yes
Site 2 Yes

Full Project Description

275 acre farm utilizing wetland and vegetative buffer restoration to reduce nutrient pollution into Chesapeake Bay, and to provide wildlife habitat, while retaining the best soils for more sustainable agricultural production. Farm is a pilot project that will producesaleable water quality credits through the Bay Bank.

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Funding

Looking for a buyer to own private wildlife preserve. Discounted price depends on success in selling ecosystem service credits and an agricultural easement.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Mitigation
Conservation Mission
Profit or Business Purposes
Financial Incentive

Primary goals:

Prove voluntary water quality credit market
Progress:

Practices in place, verification and certification pending, credit registration and monitization pending.

Consistent with plans:

Local Land Use Plan
Watershed Plan
State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Estuarine
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
    • Human Habitats
      • Agriculture
        • Cultivated Crops
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Grasslands
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
      • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands

Targeted species:

  • Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  • Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  • Northern Cricket Frog Acris crepitans
  • Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  • Wood Duck Aix sponsa

Actions

Project Actions
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details
Restore or re-establish wetland hydrology Show/Hide details
Maintain or create natural stream buffers Show/Hide details
Conservation easement Show/Hide details
Leave downed woody debris and snags Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Biophilia Foundation (Foundation) Show/Hide details
Technical Assistance
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Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Bird surveys, perhaps water quality monitoring

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

Success will be measured by thenumber of funding sources (purchased development rights, sale of ecosystem service credits) such that the final sales price affords us a 4% profit while reducing the finalsalesprice, ideally to a young farmer,to 50 % of the originalpurchase price.

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Organization

Biophilia Foundation/Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage
(Foundation)

Primary Contact

Richard Pritzlaff
Biophilia Foundation
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Partners

  • Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage



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