Within the Department of Natural Resources, Land Acquisition and Planning is responsible for the State wildlands preservation system. The system was established in 1971 to preserve the wilderness character of undisturbed areas in Maryland. Some 38 wildlands cover 65,956 acres in State parks, forests, and wildlife management areas. Designated by the General Assembly, wildlands protect watersheds and threatened or endangered species, and preserve unique ecological communities (Code Natural Resources Article, sec. 5-1203).
Loblolly Pine, Prince George's County, Maryland, 1998. Photo by Diane P. Frese.
Sideling Hill, west of Hancock, Washington County, Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
- Backbone Mountain Wildland
- Bear Pen Wildland
- Big Savage Mountain Wildland
- High Rock Wildland
- Maple Lick Run Wildland
- Middle Fork Wildland
- Puzzley Run Wildland
- Savage Ravines Wildland
- South Savage Wildland
- Upper White Rock Run Wildland
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
ST. MARY'S COUNTY
Grasses, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, September 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
- Pocomoke River Cypress Swamp Wildland
- Pocomoke River Wildland (within State Forest)
- Pocomoke River Wildland (within Wildlife Management Area)
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