The B-CC’s property is a unique complex of habitats that includes two ponds and several seasonal streams, as well as woodlands in which more than a dozen rare and endangered plant species have been identified. The conservation farm provides food and cover for upland wildlife native to Maryland forests including black bear, white-tail deer, red fox, raccoon, rabbits, and a myriad of reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds.
The farm is contiguous (across River Road) to the 2000+ acre McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, which in turn adjoins Seneca State Park, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the Potomac River, creating a broad swathe of of undeveloped area that forms a corridor for wildlife movement.
Conservation easements, which cover the entire 623 acres of the B-CC IWLA property, interlock with easements on other adjacent properties:
– to the north: the Morin farm of 315 acres
– to the east the 500 acre property across West Willard Road from Izaak Walton Way
– to the southeast: the Willard farm of 294 acres
– to the south the McKee-Besher’s 2000+ acre wildlife management area
– to the west: a 30 acre conservation park adjacent to West Woods II that is owned by the county
The combined sum of these easements and management areas totaling over 3,700 acres provides contiguous habitat for wildlife. It is an ecological gem for the residents of Montgomery County and one of the crown jewels of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve.