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Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them.

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Protecting Quality of Life For All

We believe that our Eastern Shore towns should be vibrant and well-defined. What does this mean exactly? It means that by helping our towns to host the majority of the growth in the region, they are better suited to become models of innovative economic development while simultaneously doing away with the need for senseless sprawl that further cuts into our irreplaceable landscape.

This synergistic mix of business, open green space, and well-thought out development enables our rural towns to thrive.none

Since its founding in 1990, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has realized a variety of projects that serve the mission of improving quality of life on the Eastern Shore through conservation. Our experience and expertise allows us to provide a toolbox of options and services to the Eastern Shore community that will benefit generations to come.

What services we can offer:

  • Technical support with community engagement
  • Community design
  • Property acquisition
  • Communications and volunteer management
  • Education and training
  • Town planning and local policy issues
  • Public park design
  • Public access to land and water
  • Bike and pedestrian routes and signage
  • Town gateway design
  • Climate change adaptation strategies
  • Developing a dream for a town’s future

Read below for more information on current town projects in the Eastern Shore region, ESLC’s completed projects, and ways that you can make a difference for the community.

Current Projects

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is currently working on two town project initiatives in the Eastern Shore region, both located in Cambridge, Maryland. You can read about each of these below.

The Packing House

Cross Street Partners, in partnership with ESLC, will re-purpose the historic Phillips Packing Company, Factory F in Cambridge, Maryland. Building on the Eastern Shore’s deep tradition of agricultural and fishing assets, the $23,000,000, 60,000 square foot historic Phillips Packing House Building will be designed to support and grow regional economic opportunities connected to agriculture, aquaculture, environmental technologies, and tourism. The Packing House will house a synergistic mix of tech and creative entrepreneurs, food production and food related retail/eateries, as well as a two-story, light-filled open atrium space for continuous public programs and private events.

Cannery Park

Adjacent to the Phillips Building is the future site of Cannery Park – a new, 7-acre ‘central park’ for the City of Cambridge that will incorporate active and passive spaces for recreation.

Cannery Park location in downtown Cambridge, Maryland

Past Projects

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has realized a variety of projects that serve the mission of improving quality of life on the Eastern Shore through conservation. These projects include:

Canton Farm Park
ESLC helped secure, protect, and finance 80 acres for a passive nature park in downtown St. Michaels, MD. (2002)
Bloomfield Farm Park
Facilitated the acquisition of land for a recreational park by Queen Anne’s County that now includes ball fields, walking paths, and wildlife habitat areas. (2005)
Chestertown Gateway
In partnership with Chestertown and Kent County, ESLC led a community-wide visioning and design process that now guides future development decisions on the future growth edge of Chestertown. (2007)
East End Neighborhood Community Garden
Helped the Town of Easton acquire and transform a crime-vulnerable vacant lot into a place of community and locally grown food. (2009)
Easton Point Park
ESLC led a series of community visioning sessions to guide the design process for new waterfront park, located at Easton’s only public water access point. (2012)
Friendship Park
Led a community visioning process resulting in 11 acres for a new park in East New Market. (2012)
Cambridge Gateway
Working with the City of Cambridge, ESLC developed designs for a “Green and Complete” street on Maryland Avenue. Outcomes included accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians, improved stormwater management, reuse of vacant property, new trees, and more attractive directional signs. (2013)
Philips Wharf Environmental Center
In support of the PWEC vision, ESLC helped negotiate a contract and develop schematic designs that converted the Oyster House into an environmental education center. (2013)
Eastern Shore Conservation Center
Purchased an abandoned 60,000 sq ft laundry facility in downtown Easton and converted it into a LEED certified mixed-use campus, including ESLC headquarters and available office space for partner organizations, small business, and apartment units. (2014)

How Can We Help?

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy provides technical support and education with a focus on developing a dream for a town’s future. Contact us for more information about what we can do for you.

Make a Contribution Today

You can make a financial contribution large or small through our website. The process is easy, straightforward, and secure. Your donation supports the mission of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and makes a difference by improving the long-term quality of life in the Eastern Shore community.