The leading voice for smarter growth since 1994

1000 Friends of Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.



Wild About New Wildlands

Lotus1000 Friends is supporting legislation that will create nine new Wildlands and expand fourteen existing Wildlands. Wildlands are state-owned properties that have retained their wilderness character or are home to rare plants and animals. They are great places for enjoying nature! Best of all, the Wildlands designation assures that these special places are preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

One of our favorites is the Mattawoman Wildland in Charles County, the only place on Maryland’s Western Shore where the American lotus grows. We are excited that the proposed legislation will expand the Mattawoman Wildland and designate almost 700 acres of nearby Chapman Forest as a new Wildland.

Years ago, we fought alongside numerous organizations to save Chapman Forest from development. Thanks to the coalition’s hard work and the support of Governor Glendening, visitors to Chapman State Park enjoy rich wildflower displays, the state’s largest Glade Fern bed and a variety of magnificent birds – including bald eagles! Click HERE to find the Wildland closest to you and HERE to see the list of proposed Wildlands.