About Us

The Conservancy for Charles County is the only qualified local land trust operating exclusively in Charles County, Maryland.   We are dedicated to preserving Charles County’s rural character and natural resources– its open space, farmland, forests, wetlands, natural habitats, and abundant historic assets.

Monitoring an easement on Hoghole Run
Monitoring an easement on Hoghole Run

Founded in 1996 by local residents, we are a tax-exempt charitable 501(c)(3) organization.   We are membership-based, all-volunteer and depend on dues, donations, and grants to fund our preservation and education efforts.

We are affiliated with the Land Trust Alliance, a national umbrella corporation of land trusts, and have adopted its Standards and Practices of governance, accountability, ethical conduct, compliance with laws, ensuring sound transactions, effective management of preservationand stewardship programs, financial stability, and proper record-keeping and permanent protection.

We partner with the Maryland Environmental Trust, a quasi-public land trust in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Annual Meeting at the Jaycees 2016
Annual meeting at the Jaycees 2016
Tom Roland receives Heritage Award

Lynne Wheeler receives Recognition Award
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Walter H. (Hal) Delaplane, President
La Plata

Gwen Brewer, Vice President

Ellen Cline, Secretary
Indian Head

Austin Doherty, Treasurer

Lloyd S. Bowling, Sr
Charlotte Hall

Brian Clark

Millie Hamman

Nancy Schertler

Matt Simpson
La Plata

Rick Viohl

Charles County Landscapes

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