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BPW Approves Preservation Of 137 Acres In Carroll County Through Rural Legacy Program

Annapolis, Md. (May 18, 2011) - Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 137 acres of Maryland landscape in the Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area in Carroll County.

“By partnering with Maryland’s farmers, we are protecting our beautiful landscapes and working farms to preserve our State’s heritage for future generations,” said Governor O’Malley.

The easement on the Hoff Property will permanently protect 137 acres of farm- and forest-land and extinguish nine development rights with the potential for septic systems in the watershed. This property is a priority for the Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area because it is adjacent to a block of easement properties. It contains 1,815 feet of forested buffers that will be maintained along streams that feed Sam’s Creek.

A Forest Stewardship Plan and Total Resource Management Plan will help prevent soil erosion, maintain water quality and provide for managed agricultural and forestry uses.

The easement will be held by Carroll County. The Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area totals 24,941 acres of which 11,569 acres are protected.

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of forestry and agricultural land and natural resources, and for environmental protection while sustaining land for natural resource-based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has to date provided over $205 million to protect 67,354 acres of valuable farmland, forests, and natural areas. The 11-member Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and the Rural Legacy Board, which is comprised 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 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.


   May 18, 2011

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million 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 11 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.