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BPW Approves $1.2 million in Land Preservation Funding, Including 451-acre Conservation Easement in Montgomery County
On July 20 the Board of Public Works approved a $2.92 million conservation easement between DNR and the Mid-Maryland Montgomery Rural Legacy Area for 451 acres in Montgomery County. The property has an overall ecological rating of good using the Green Infrastructure analysis. The easement will protect active agriculture, forests and wetlands, and provide acreage for an equestrian facility. Improving the existing vegetated buffers will improve water quality along 2.35 miles of the Horsepen Branch, a Potomac River tributary that runs through the property. Press Contact: Heather Lynch at 410-260-8010 or email@example.com
The Board of Public Works also approved the following:
- $594,250.94 to purchase a 93-acre conservation easement in the Zekiah Watershed Rural Legacy Area in Charles County.
- $158,000 to Sahale, LLC to purchase a pre-manufactured suspension bridge for erection over the Patapsco River at Ilchester Road to connect a handicapped accessible trail to Patapsco Valley State Park.
- $342,000 in Program Open Space (POS) funds for recreational improvements in Harford County.
- $93,814 in POS funding for recreational improvements and maintenance in Worcester County.
- $29,500 for additional POS funding to purchase a section of the Great Allegheny Passage in Allegany County.
July 21, 2005
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 446,000 acres of public lands and 18,000 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