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Governor O’Malley Announces Preservation Of 113 Acres In Charles County
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today, Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of Rural Legacy funds to purchase a 113.1-acre conservation easement in Charles County.
The easement located within the Zekiah Watershed Rural Legacy Area, purchased for $1,109,720.24, will help improve the water quality by maintaining riparian buffers on tributaries of Zekiah Swamp Run, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Charles County will hold this easement which protects valuable agricultural and forest land.
“We have so many projects in Maryland, and a lot of communities may not think they are touched by the State, “said Treasurer Nancy Kopp. “I hope that citizens realize the significant support that the State regularly provides for these local preservation projects.”
In total the BPW approved funding for 14 local park and recreation areas and preservation of 406 acres of agricultural and forest land in 10 Counties today.
Chaired by Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works is also comprised of Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. The Board is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.
November 1, 2007
Contact: Olivia Campbell
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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 449,000 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 12 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