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Since 2008, Maryland has received approximately $16,482,100 from NOAA’s Coastal & Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). Maryland is using CELCP funding to protect important coastal and estuarine areas with significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values that may be vulnerable to conversion.
CELCP is a nationally-competitive land conservation program through NOAA that was established to protect important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical or aesthetic values. Each year, Maryland’s Chesapeake & Coastal Program can submit up to three project proposals each with a requested funding of $3,000,000 per project and 1:1 match. Project proposals support coastal land conservation goals outlined in the state’s CELCP plan.
Ayers Creek/Holly Grove Swamp Phase II Project – Worcester County
FY 2009 – CELCP Award of $1,375,000 with state and donated land value match funds
On March 23, 2011, 442 acres of the Holly Grove region of Worcester County, Maryland were preserved for public open space through a partnership between DNR, the County, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, NOAA’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) program and the Trust for Public Land. The property is a large, forested wetland complex along a half-mile stretch of Ayers Creek. It has a unique mix of coastal forest and highly functional estuarine and palustrine forested wetland complexes. Passive recreation opportunities will be available for hiking and bird watching and the public will be able to kayak near the property. In addition to this property, directly across the road is the Golden Quarters Farm, another CELCP property protected through a conservation easement.
The Ayers Creek/Holly Grove Swamp Phase II property was acquired to preserve important natural resources and provide public access in perpetuity. Protecting the Ayers Creek property will conserve an important natural landscape, help maintain the water quality of the coastal bays and support important habitat for numerous plants and animals. Learn more about this property and what the Chesapeake & Coastal Program does to protect coastal lands through the CELCP program.
Who can participate in the Maryland CELCP program?
For more information, please contact Catherine McCall at 410.260.8737.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401