Central

Baltimore, Harford, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery Counties and Washington DC

Central MD, referred to as the Piedmont, is marked by low rolling landscapes and fertile valleys. Two ridges, the Dug Hill Ridge (1,200 feet), near the PA border and Pars Ridge (880 feet) run in a southwesterly direction through this region and create some of the updrafts used by migrating raptors. To the west the Piedmont ends at the edge of the Blue Ridge region, and to the east resistant volcanic rock gives way to the sands of the Coastal Plain. Today, about 45% of the area is forested and an equal proportion in agricultural production. It is also home to two large urban centers, Baltimore City and Washington D.C.

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