As a large, unfragmented natural area, The Glades Preserve harbors many uncommon plant, animal, and bird species.
Visiting the Preserve
The Glades mountain peatlands are fragile, so the preserve is only open to scientific research with prior permission from The Nature Conservancy. Thank you for your understanding and help in protecting this important part of Maryland's natural heritage.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Glades' 601 acres is of great scientific interest because it is an ombrotrophic system (fed solely by rainwater), contains peat up to 9 feet, and is one of the oldest examples of mountain peatland in the Appalachians.
What the Conservancy Is Doing Here