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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of 175 Acres Of Rural Legacy Preservation In Queen Anne's County

Annapolis, MD (April 7, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to purchase a 175-acre conservation easement located in the Foreman Branch Rural Legacy Area of Queen Anne’s County that will protect valuable agricultural lands and implement significant water quality protection measures in the Chester River Watershed. This transaction will extinguish 22 development rights.

“Maryland’s forests, farms and fields support our rural families and economy,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “By planning for the future and protecting these lands, we are preserving our local food supply as well as a way of life and heritage for future generations.”

Protection of this property adds to a large, contiguous protected rural working landscape in the heart of the Corsica and Chester River watersheds. The easement requires the establishment of riparian buffers along any streams that may develop on the property. It will protect land that contains breeding and stopover habitat for migratory songbirds and raptors, as well as historic and scenic values on the property.

“The potential for further preserving Queen Anne’s County’s finest agricultural, natural and environmental resources is a priority for the County. By preserving these lands we protect our agricultural industry and our rural heritage,” said Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Gene Ransom.

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large, contiguous tracts of land, enhance natural resources, agricultural, forestry and environmental protection while supporting a sustainable land base for natural resource based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has to date, provided more than $200 million to protect 66,292 acres of valuable farmland, forests, and natural areas. The 11-member Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and the Rural Legacy Board, which is composed of Maryland’s Agriculture, Natural Resources and Planning Secretaries, reviews grant applications annually. For additional information, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/land/rurallegacy/.

The three-member Board of Public Works, chaired by Governor O’Malley, is composed of Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.


   April 7, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov