Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project
Northeast Region


Private Landowner Committee        

A landowner discusses his option for nutria control with US Department of Agriculture and US Fish and Wildlife Service expert. USDA photo.
A landowner discusses his options for nutria control with US Department of Agriculture and US Fish and Wildlife Service experts. USDA photo.

Participation of private landowners is critical to the successful eradication of nutria from the Delmarva Peninsula.  Many landowners, especially those in Dorchester County, have seen and felt the impacts of nutria firsthand. Duck blinds formerly on the marsh edge are now surrounded by water, and marshes once offering firm footing have turned to quagmires.

When approached by the eradication team, most landowners (over 95%) welcomed the opportunity to help by allowing eradication specialists onto to their land. This cooperation is critical as more than half of all nutria removed come off private lands. However, given the high rate of nutria reproduction, even a small number of reluctant landowners can threaten the success of the eradicating nutria.

Radio-telemetry studies on the Delmarva Peninsula have shown that nutria could reinvade marshlands within a ten mile radius from small populations on inaccessible private land. One hundred percent participation by private landowners is critical to success!

A Landowner confers with members of the Nutria Eradication Program. USDA photo.

In 2010 a small group of Delmarva private landowners was gathered by Kevin Compton, President of Tudor Farms, the largest private landholding in Dorchester County. This group, the CBNEP Private Landowner Committee, comprised of landowners who have reaped the conservation benefits offered by the program, identified conflicts and offered solutions that address the concerns of landowners while allowing the eradication team to do their job. This group also helps the eradication team in approaching landowners and obtaining agreements in areas where nutria have recently established a foothold but may not have caused visual damage yet. Landowners who do not perceive nutria being a problem for them, may be less inclined to permit access their property.

The Private Landowner Committee can ease the concerns of reluctant landowners, helping the eradication team succeed in their mission.  They will meet regularly with eradication team representatives and help conduct community meetings to educate landowners and other stakeholders, as well as talking directly to landowners.  

To learn more about the Private Landowner Committee, or to offer your assistance, you can contact Kevin Compton at 410-228-8290 or by email at .

Here is what one landowner has to say about the Partnership: 


I wanted to send you a thank you for your efforts in removing Nutria from Tudor Farms.  As you know we had a tremendous problem with Nutria on our land and the devastation to the land was dramatic.  Your team has controlled the population and we have not seen Nutria on our land in the last five years.  Your staff has always been very professional and has left no trails behind.   If anyone has any concerns about Government accessing their property, I am pleased to share my experience with the Nutria Project.    


Kevin Compton
Tudor Farms

Last updated: October 19, 2011