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  • Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the Nassawango Creek watershed, the newly protected Foster property is the largest privately owned continuous forest tract in Maryland. © Roni Orris
  • The Conservancy has been working with partners for three decades to protect more than 9,300 acres of upland forests and majestic swamps at Nassawango Creek Preserve, pictured here. © Alan Eckert Photography
  • More than 60 recorded species of migratory birds, including great blue herons, bald eagles and scarlet tanagers, fly free amidst the loblolly pines and old oaks in this watershed. © Alan Eckert Photography
  • Bald cypress trees also dominate the land and provide visitors with ample shade. Nassawango Creek Preserve is one of the northernmost remaining examples of a bald cypress swamp. © Alan Eckert Photography
  • At least five state-rare plant species inhabit the property, including the white-fringed orchid, which is threatened primarily by the loss of its natural bog habitat. © George C. Gress/TNC
  • Nassawango Creek, a popular site for outdoor recreation, flows southward into the Pocomoke River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. © Erika Nortemann/TNC
  • The Foster deal is The Nature Conservancy’s largest-ever transaction in Maryland at $14.4 million and was successful thanks to state and federal partners. © Roni Orris
  • The protection of the 4,769-acre property allows future generations the opportunity to enjoy this land for many years to come. © Erika Nortemann/TNC
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