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BPW Approves Rural Legacy Preservation Of 258 Acres In Carroll County

Annapolis, Md. (October 6, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval for acquisition of a 258-acre conservation easement in the Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area in Carroll County.

“Maryland’s forests and farmlands are critical to our rural families and economies,” said Governor O’Malley. “By planning for the future, we are not only supporting our local food supply and protecting our working lands and families, but also preserving a way of life for future generations of Marylanders.”

The easement, known as the Steffen Property, will permanently protect 258 acres of farmland and forestland for future generations. Protection of more than 8,600 feet of forested and grass stream buffers along Little Pipe Creek, Double Pipe and Big Pipe Creek tributaries will protect water quality and provide pollution control. Additionally, a Forest Stewardship Plan and Total Resource Management Plan on this property will help prevent soil erosion, maintain water quality, and provide for managed agricultural and forestry practices.

The easement, the purchase of which will eliminate the potential for 20 residential lots with septic systems, will be held by Carroll County.

"The Steffen Farm is a unique property that showcases how production agriculture and natural resource conservation can work hand-in-hand,” said Jeff Everett, Preservation Specialist with Carroll County's Agricultural Land Preservation Program. “Mr. Steffen derives his livelihood solely from farming, yet is cognizant of the need for buffering tributaries that ultimately flow into the Chesapeake Bay."

The Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area totals 24,941 acres of farmland and forestland. Parts of this Rural Legacy Area provide for a significant rural viewshed from MD Route 77 (Middleburg Road) adjacent to the village of Detour.

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of forestry and agricultural land and natural resources, and for environmental protection while sustaining land for natural resource-based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has to date provided over $205 million to protect 67,354 acres of valuable farmland, forests, and natural areas. The 11-member Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and the Rural Legacy Board, which is composed 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 is composed of Governor O’Malley (chair), Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultation contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement transactions.


   October 6, 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 is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 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