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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of 87 Acres Of Rural Legacy Preservation In Carroll County

Annapolis, MD (April 21, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval for the purchase of a 87-acre conservation easement located in the Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area of Carroll County that will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands. Water quality will be preserved through the permanent protection of three-fourths of a mile of stream buffers along Little Pipe Creek tributaries.

“Maryland’s forests, farms and fields support our rural families and economy,” 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.”

This land is part of a block of properties protected by conservation easements, and is located within an Aquifer Protection Area. The easement will be held by Carroll County.

"The Father's Care, LLC Property, owned by the Bryson family, contains all of the attributes that the Rural Legacy Program was designed to conserve — significant natural, cultural, and agricultural resources. By deciding to place a perpetual conservation easement over their property, the Brysons have ensured that this historic working farm will continue to function as such,” said Jeffrey C. Everett, a Preservation Specialist with the Carroll County Land Preservation Program.

The potential for 18 new residential lots, each with septic systems in the watershed, will now be eliminated. A management plan will help prevent soil erosion, maintain clean water and provide for managed agricultural uses. Potential conflicting residential uses in the Carroll County Agricultural Zoning District will be eliminated. Additionally, a portion of the scenic view from Bell Road and Rockland Road will be spared from development.

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of land and foster the protection of agricultural, forestry and environmental resources, while sustaining land for natural-resource based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has provided more than $202,116,707 to protect 66,379 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.


   April 21, 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