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Land & Water

Barnesville has beautiful natural resources, in its plants, land, water, and surroundings. Here are some resources on how to maintain a clean, efficient, and sustainable environment.


Wherever possible, it is best to use Native Plants in your garden. 

Lawns require a lot of work to look good and may not be the best alternative for your property.  Here are some tips on “green” lawn care and alternatives. Additionally, rain gardens can be a green way to manage stormwater and reduce pollution. Composting is a great way to maintain beautiful gardens and minimize the amount of waste that goes into landfills.  

Habitat Restoration


Homeowners in Barnesville have begun to have their backyards certified as Wildlife-friendly habitat.  At least 7 gardens have been certified already. Check out this website - your garden and yard may already have most or all of the features that wildlife need! 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers seven simple actions you can take to help birds.

Learn about North American birds at risk due to climate change with an Audubon Maryland-DC online tool with which you can enter your state or zip code to find out which bird species are threatened in your area and to what severity.


Planting Trees

Planting trees is easily accessible for Barnesville residents. The free program Tree Montgomery offers to plant trees right in your own backyard! Through a local community member, we can get our yards evaluated for Tree Montgomery quickly and trees are usually planted in the next appropriate planting season.  After you register for trees on the Tree Montgomery site, email the town clerk at to be connected with our local evaluator.


Another way to contribute to increase tree planting is through the Agricultural Reserve program known as RELEAF the Reserve. The impact of planting trees can be significant in reducing your own carbon footprint and benefit the planet. You can calculate how many trees it would take to offset your carbon footprint here.

Carbon Sequestration

Agricultural sustainability is possible through methods known as “carbon sequestration” and “regenerative agriculture.” More information on what regenerative agriculture means to the Agricultural Reserve can be found at


General information on what carbon sequestration and regenerative agriculture is and how to implement it at one’s own farm can be found at and 


More information about general soil health can be found on University of Maryland’s Extension.

Well and Septic

Water is our most precious resource.  In our community we all have individual well and septic systems on our properties. Maintaining these systems in important to our own property value as well as the larger community.  Help with maintaining septic systems can be found here  

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General information about well water can be found here 

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In the fall of 2018, the Town of Barnesville provided residents in the local area with an opportunity to have their well water tested at a discounted price. About 15 properties were tested. The most common problem in our area is bacteria in well water. Some information about bacteria treatment can be found here.

If you have your well water tested and want help interpreting the results, there is a great online tool here


Recycling in Barnesville follows Montgomery County standards. More information about recycling can be found using the county’s resource website or its various reference guides, an example of which is this brochure.


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Barnesville has many opportunities to pursue healthy lifestyle choices, with local produce, recreational and exercise areas, and local artistry.

Health and Wellness


The Agricultural Reserve has many notable local farms and produce, that provide pick-your-own food, events, and even history lessons. 

Some local Community Support Agriculture farms can be found at


Plenty Magazine is a magazine centered around reporting on the Agricultural Reserve, and provides information on local histories, opportunities, and stories. The summer 2019 edition, for example, featured pollinators, tree planting, and local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

The town also offers exercise classes, one of which is Happy Now Yoga Studio and the other being Poolesville Area Senior Center


Sugarloaf Mountain is a scenic staple of life in Barnesville, with its trails providing a perfect opportunity for exercise or relaxation. Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park , which is run by Montgomery Parks, also provides beautiful trails

The Agricultural Reserve has an expansive array of trails, parks, farms, museums, and fairs, where one can enrich themselves with biking, hiking, horseback riding, or learning about their local environment.

The C&O Canal Towpath, a National Historical Park operated by the National Park Service is a great resource for local residents.  A nonprofit that supports the park also has great information on using the towpath. The nearest access point to town is the parking lot at the Monocacy Aqueduct. 

Local Artists

Barnesville  is home to many Countryside Artisans, including Dancing Leaf Farm, Morningstar Studio, Sugarloaf Studio, and Windsong Studio.


Plenty Magazine is a magazine centered around reporting on the Agricultural Reserve, and provides information on local histories, opportunities, and stories. The summer 2019 edition, for example, featured pollinators, tree planting, and local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). 


The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project is a nonprofit cultural arts organization, and based out of a historic mill which was converted into an art gallery, thus serving as a historic landmark, a cultural center, and a representation of how one can convert and “reuse” anything for a new purpose, including buildings.

Solar Panels


Barnesville residents have numerous avenues to pursue energy efficiency, in their home and in their lifestyle. 

Here is an example of what one homeowner has done to decrease energy use.  


Renewable energy

The most common renewable energy source in our area is solar power.  Several homeowners in our town have installed solar panels and reduced their energy bills significantly.  The Town of Barnesville has adopted a zoning ordinance related to Alternative Energy Systems

In addition, the state of Maryland requires all energy providers to allow homeowners to opt for energy provided by clean energy sources.  Information about that program can be found at the Maryland Public Service Commission website.


Efficiency and Conservation

Energy efficiency in the home can be achieved in many ways.

You can do a home energy check-up.

You can install LED light bulbs.

You can seal and insulate your home 

You can install efficient heating and cooling systems

You can receive a rebate for clean burning wood and pellet stoves.

You can check out more residential energy incentives here.

Transportation Options

One of the transportation options available to Barnesville residents is the MARC train station. The schedules for the MARC train can be found online at and a list of the stations can be found at  A list of stations with their associated maps can be found at  


A transportation option currently up for debate is the building of a Monorail along I-270. The monorail would be environmentally friendly, reduce traffic congestion, and elevated above private property.

Community Partners

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Barnesville has many community partners that help support its sustainability. 



The Montgomery Countryside Alliance advocates for the preservation of the Agricultural Reserve, supporting local farmland, and educating people on the importance of maintaining local farmland. Similarly, the Sugarloaf Citizens Association is a non-profit organization of community volunteers  that also advocates for the preservation of the Agricultural Reserve. 

The Global Ecology Magnet Program at Poolesville High School  is a program aimed at educating local students, many of which come from Barnesville, on environmental issues of today.


The National Wildlife Federation is a national conservation organization, aimed at protecting and ensuring the well-being of wildlife populations across America. 


Barnesville partners with several of the University of Maryland Extension programs. For one, MD Master Gardeners educates and supports the public on proper gardening practices, informing them of sustainable ways to compost, grow native plants, and support pollinators.  Additionally, the MD Master Naturalists is a program that provides volunteers to educate, advocate for, and support local environmental conservation through community engagement and service.


The Friends of Black Hill Nature Program helps support local nature programs, including events, gardens, school field trips, native plant sales, and extends their own programs at a discounted price.


Poolesville Green is a local nonprofit organization that promotes green actions, supports local residents and businesses, and educates the public with workshops and outreach programs. 


Sustainable Maryland is a certification program that provides communities with the opportunity to take steps towards sustainability progress for the benefit of their residents, environmental health, and economic well-being. 

Maryland Senior Call Check Program is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state.


Barnesville Elected Officials:

Town Commission:

Mildred Callear, President (chosen by Commission, 2-year term)
Holly Larisch
Audrey Morris


Jack A. Gullo, Jr., Esq., Town Attorney

Montgomery County Elected Officials:

District 1 Councilmember - Andrew Friedson

Federal and State Elected Officials:

Governor - Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.
Lt .Governor - Boyd K. Rutherford
Attorney General - Brian E. Frosh
Comptroller - Peter Franchot

US Senators:
Benjamin L. Cardin
Christopher Van Hollen Jr.

US Representative: 6TH District
David Trone

State Senator: District 15
Brian J. Feldman

State Delegate(s): District 15
Kathleen M. Dumais
David Fraser-Hidalgo
Lily Qi

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