Alan Ray Musselman

Alan Ray Musselman, 66, passed peacefully to another realm on Aug. 23, 2014, with the support and love of family and friends.

Born November 1947, in Baltimore, he was raised with freedom to roam the countryside of My Lady’s Manor, Monkton, Maryland, where he was infused with a deep love of countryside which became his lifelong passion and vocation.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado, he held the following positions: planning director for the Washington County Planning Commission in Hagerstown, Maryland; executive director, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation; director, Lancaster County Agricultural Preservation Board; executive director, Lancaster Farmland Trust; and finally, land and community consultant specializing in farmland and historic preservation, land use and watershed preservation.

Mr. Musselman’s very significant contribution during his career was as founder of farmland preservation for the state of Maryland, and co-founder of Lancaster Farmland Trust, movements which have since spread nationwide. Just last May he received the Leadership and Vision Award for establishing farmland preservation in the United States. This was presented by his peers at “Saving America’s Farms and Farmland-Celebrating 40 Years of Farmland Preservation.”

In 2001, he and his wife moved to Meadowhawk