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BPW Approves Preservation of 60 Acres in Dorchester County through Rural Legacy Program

Annapolis, Md. (October 19, 2011) - Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works’ (BPW) approval to preserve 60 acres in the Nanticoke Rural Legacy Area in Dorchester County.

“Protecting forestland not only preserves Maryland’s heritage and working landscapes for future generations, but it protects our waterways from harmful stormwater runoff,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

Preservation of the Reid Property will permanently protect 60 acres of valuable forest and agricultural lands while extinguishing 4 development rights. This easement, which will be held by the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of the Navy, will provide a forest buffer on 1,600 feet of the Nanticoke River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

This property has approximately 10 acres of mixed forest which neighbors a large area of forest supporting FIDS (forest interior dwelling species) habitat. Agriculture and forestry practices on the property will support sustainable resource-based industries in Dorchester County. The easement will protect land that contains habitat for Delmarva Fox Squirrels, and breeding and stopover habitat for migratory songbirds and raptors.

“This is an important project because the parcel links the Rural Legacy Area into a 50-mile riparian corridor of permanently protected lands along the Dorchester County shoreline of the Nanticoke River,” said Liz Zucker, Eastern Shore Project Director of The Nature Conservancy. “It is the power of private and public partnerships that has made this extensive Nanticoke corridor possible.”

The Nanticoke River Rural Legacy Area totals 11,995 acres of which approximately 56.3 percent 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 $267 million to protect 72,528 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

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 19, 2011

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