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BPW Approves Preservation of 371 Acres in Kent County through Rural Legacy Program

Annapolis, Md. (December 21, 2011) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works’ (BPW) approval to preserve 371 acres of Maryland landscape through two easements in the Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area in Kent County.

“The benefits are two-fold,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Protecting forestland preserves Maryland’s heritage and working landscapes while preventing harmful stormwater runoff from entering our waterways.”

The first easement, known as the McDonald Property (parcel 80) will permanently protect 149 acres and will extinguish nine development rights. The easement will permanently protect 80 acres of productive farmland and 65 acres of forest from development. Required maintenance of 100-foot buffers along 4,870 feet of Lloyd’s Creek and its tributaries will enhance and protect water quality.   

The second easement, known as the McDonald Property (parcel 125) will permanently protect 222 acres and will extinguish 16 development rights. The easement will permanently protect 195 acres of productive farmland and 26 acres of forest from development. Required maintenance of 100-foot buffers along 3,090 feet of tributaries to Lloyd’s Creek will enhance and protect water quality.

These properties will become part of the more than 2,200 acres of protected land, located within a mile of the easements. They will contribute to a protected rural working landscape in the Chester-Sassafras watershed in the Kent County portion of the Sassafras Rural Legacy Focus Area. 

“The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) would like to thank the McDonald family for granting easements on more than 370 acres of productive farmland and forest in the Kent County portion of the Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area,” said Jared Parks ESLC Land Protection Specialist “These two easements were made possible because of the public/private partnership between ESLC, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Rural Legacy Program and the federal government through the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program.”

The Department of Natural Resources and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Inc. will hold both easements. The Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area totals 45,781 acres of which 46 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 $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 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.


   December 21, 2011

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

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