BPW Approves Preservation of 237 Acres in Queen Anne’s County through Rural Legacy Program
Annapolis, Md. (June 15, 2011) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 237 acres in the Foreman Branch Rural Legacy Area in Queen Anne’s County.
“By partnering with our State’s working farmers, we are not only protecting their legacies, but also preserving Maryland’s heritage and natural beauty for our children and theirs,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.
Preservation of the Hutton Property will permanently protect more than 200 acres of valuable agricultural lands and implement significant water quality protection measures in the Chester River Watershed, while extinguishing 31 development rights. The easement will also protect nearly 30 acres of forest that contains important habitat for migratory songbirds and raptors.
“This easement will preserve important high quality forest and tillable farmland in the Upper Chester River watershed,” said Donna K. Landis-Smith, agricultural specialist for Queen Anne’s County Department of Planning and Zoning.
Protection of this property will benefit water quality in the Upper Chester watershed and its tributaries by requiring the establishment of streamside buffers. All forest management will be in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Plan. The primary objective of this plan is management of wildlife habitat, with the secondary objective of timber production.
This site is part of nearly 6,812 acres of farmland, forest and other natural resources protected by Rural Legacy, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and Maryland Environmental Trust. The easement will be held by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Queen Anne’s County. The Foreman Branch Rural Legacy Area totals 7,078 acres of which 72 percent are protected.
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 $264 million to protect 71,854 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 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.
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million 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 11 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