The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) transferred an 18-acre property to Baltimore County for low impact recreational use as part of Robert E. Lee Park. In turn, the county has agreed to place a conservation easement on the property to ensure that it will not be developed, and will continue to provide plant and wildlife habitat, water quality benefits, and public recreation.
MET originally acquired the property as a gift from local philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting, who saw the importance of keeping the land adjacent to the Jones Falls in a natural state. MET accepted Bunting’s gift along with the condition that when transferred to another owner, a conservation easement limiting its use and development would be granted back to MET.
The property, which is to the north of the county-managed 415-acre Robert E. Lee Park, follows along a former railroad bed and borders the Jones Falls as it flows along Falls Road. The easement protects woodland habitat, water quality, the scenic view from the road, and allows for passive public recreation such as hiking and birding.