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Maryland Environmental Trust Preserves 50 Acres In Carroll County Though Conservation Easement Donation
CARROLL COUNTY – The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Carroll County Land Trust recently preserved approximately 50 acres of productive farmland and woodlands in Carroll County through a conservation easement donation. The conservation easement donation ensures that this scenic property will remain protected from future subdivision or development.
“Land easements are a wonderful way for individuals to help preserve land in Maryland. They do not rely on large sums of money or the government; it just takes a landowner willing to make a difference,” said Connie Lieder, landowner.
Located just south of the Pennsylvania line, the property is part to Carroll County’s rural scenic landscape visible from nearby roadways. Preservation of this working landscape protects valuable wildlife habitats as well as water quality of a South Branch Gunpowder Falls tributary that crosses the property and ultimately flows into the Prettyboy Reservoir.
The property’s 20-acre woodlands offer rare Forest Interior Dwelling Bird habitat, a habitat declining in Maryland and throughout much of the eastern United States. Bog turtles, a federally and state threatened species, have been documented living downstream of the property.
The Maryland Environmental Trust has protected 112,000 acres statewide via conservation easements. MET accepts tax deductible donations of interests in real estate, money or other property. In giving conservation easements, landowners donate the development rights on their property while retaining all other rights of ownership. For more information on MET land easements visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/met/.
November 29, 2007
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
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