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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Preservation Of More Than 1,000 Acres Of Maryland Landscape

Projects Approved Through Program Open Space, Rural Legacy and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programs

Annapolis, Md. (October 20, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve more than 1,000 acres of Maryland Landscape through Program Open Space, the Rural Legacy Program and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

“Our land resources are critical to our economy and our quality of life,” said Governor O’Malley. “We must preserve our State for future generations by protecting open space from unchecked development, our working farms and areas vital to water quality and wildlife habitat.”

Through Program Open Space, the board approved the preservation of 372 acres of Maryland landscape in Allegany, Charles and Dorchester County. Learn more.

The board also approved 540 Rural Legacy acres in Somerset, Washington and Worcester Counties. Learn more.

The board also approved CREP easements on 127 acres of streamside forests, natural areas and wetlands, including 50 acres in Frederick County and 77 acres in Washington County, through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement purchase program. Learn more.

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

   October 20, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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