Project #: 1833 – Updated: April 20, 2012
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.view full description
Location (by county):
Queen Anne's County (MD)
MD District 01
Bird Conservation Regions:
New England/Mid Atlantic Coast
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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.
Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities
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
- Public Benefit
- Conservation Mission
- Profit or Business Purposes
- Financial Incentive
- Prove voluntary water quality credit market
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
- Rivers and Streams
- Forests and Woodlands
- Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
- Human Habitats
- Cultivated Crops
- Shrublands and Grasslands
- Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
- Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
- Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands
- 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
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.