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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of 1,325 Acres Of Rural Legacy Preservation In Wicomico, Talbot, Worcester And Baltimore Counties

Annapolis, MD (February 24, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the Board of Public Works approval of 1,325 acres of Rural Legacy Preservation in Wicomico, Talbot, Worcester and Baltimore Counties.

“Maryland’s forests, farms and fields support our rural families and economies” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “By planning for the future and protecting these lands, we are preserving our local food supply as well as a way of life and heritage for future generations.”

The BPW approved:

  • A 607-acre conservation easement located in the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area of Wicomico County to preserve important agricultural and forest land. Water quality will be protected in the Nanticoke River Watershed, a tributary watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. A total of 90 development rights will be extinguished with this transaction.
  • The acquisition of conservation easements on three multi-generational farms totaling 498 acres. These easements will preserve productive farmland and forests in the Tuckahoe Focus Area of the Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area in Talbot County. This project is particularly significant because it involves helping several young farmers who are committed to permanently protecting their land and ensuring protection of the Chesapeake Bay for future generations. Protection of these properties also improves water quality in the Choptank River Watershed and extinguishes a total of 26 development rights.
  • The acquisition of a 130-acre conservation easement located in the Coastal Bays Rural Legacy Area. This project will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands, and implement significant water quality protection measures in the Pocomoke River Watershed. This easement will be held by the County Commissioners of Worcester County. Worcester County is contributing $15,700 toward this Conservation Easement by not seeking reimbursement for any administrative, incidental, or compliance costs.
  • The acquisition of a 91-acre conservation easement located in the Piney Run Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County which will preserve agricultural and forest land. Water quality will be protected through permanent waterfront buffers of streams on the property that feed into the Prettyboy Reservoir, which flows into Gunpowder Falls, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large, contiguous tracts of land, enhance natural resources, agricultural, forestry and environmental protection while supporting a sustainable land base for natural resource based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has to date, provided more than $200 million to protect more than 66,000 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 http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/land/rurallegacy/.

The three-member Board of Public Works, chaired by Governor O’Malley, is comprised of Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.


   February 24, 2010

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 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