Historic Agricultural Resources Preservation Program (HARPP)
HARPP is a program of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Maryland -National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), designed for farm and forest landowners in Prince George’s County who want to preserve their land in the Rural and Agricultural Areas of the County for agricultural uses.
Eligible parcels are 35 acres or more in size, or at least 20 acres in size if the parcel is adjacent to a park or existing preserved land.
HARPP purchases conservation easements from the landowner for a price per acre, after the landowner voluntarily enters the program. The landowner retains title and can continue to conduct normal agricultural activities on their land.
HARPP is a partnership between the M-NCPPC and the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District for funding, and administration of the program.
Approximately 3,875 acres have been preserved in Prince George’s County using HARPP funds.