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BPW Approves Preservation Of 461 Acres In Baltimore
And Dorchester Counties Through Rural Legacy Program

Annapolis, Md. (December 7, 2011) — Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, who today chaired the Board of Public Works (BPW), announced approval to preserve 461 acres of Maryland landscape, including 90 acres in the Manor Rural Legacy Area and 371 acres in the Nanticoke Rural Legacy area, through the Rural Legacy Program.

“Working together to preserve these historic properties demonstrates the landowner’s commitment to making conservation a priority,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “By safeguarding our fields, farms and woodlands, we can preserve the legacy of our land in Maryland for generations to come.”

Manor Rural Legacy Area (Baltimore County) – Preservation of the Filbert Property will permanently protect 18 acres of productive pastureland and woodlands while eliminating one development lot and its impervious surfaces. This property lies in close proximity to a tributary of Parker Branch which empties into Big Gunpowder Falls, an important waterway to the Chesapeake Bay.

“The Filbert Farm is in the heart of My Lady’s Manor, a National Register Historic District, and is amidst thousands of acres of farmland and forest under permanent preservation in Northern Baltimore County,” said James Constable, President of The Manor Conservancy, Inc. “Made up of productive pastures and woodland, it is an integral part of the scenic landscape visible to the public from Manor Road. Conservation of this property adds protection to nearby Parker’s Branch, a tributary that flows into the Gunpowder River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay.”

Preservation of the McDonough Property will permanently protect an additional 72 acres of cropland, pastureland and woodland and will eliminate two development rights. The property provides a permanent forested buffer to 1,475 feet of Carroll Branch, which empties into Big Gunpowder Falls, an important tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.

“The Duddington, owned by Henry McDonough, is part of historic Clynmalira, a grant of 5,000 acres of farmland to Maryland’s Carroll family. The owner of this parcel is a Carroll descendant. This new easement adds to several thousand acres of permanently preserved farmland along Carroll Road in Baltimore County, much of it being part of the original grant,” said Constable. “A lovely early 18th century residence sits on the property and adds to the scenic vista from Carroll Road. The preservation of this property will add significant protection to Carroll Branch that meanders through the property. This stream flows into the Gunpowder River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.”

Each of these properties is in My Lady’s Manor, a tract of approximately 10,000 acres listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which comprises the land given by the 3rd Lord Baltimore to his wife in 1713.

The Manor Rural Legacy Area totals 28,434 acres, of which 14,471 acres are protected. Both of these easements will be held by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The Manor Conservancy, Inc.

Nanticoke Rural Legacy Area (Dorchester County) – Preservation of the Creighton Property permanently protects 371 acres of valuable forest and farmland and establishes a 13,800 foot buffer to protect the water quality of the Nanticoke River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. It also eliminates 25 development rights. The easement will protect land that contains habitat for the Delmarva Fox Squirrel and breeding and stopover habitat for migratory songbirds and raptors. The property has approximately 110 acres of mixed forest that is contiguous with a large block of forest that supports forest interior dwelling species habitat.

“This is an important project because the parcel links the Rural Legacy Area to a 50-mile riparian corridor of permanently protected lands along the Dorchester County shoreline of the Nanticoke River,” said Liz Zucker, Eastern Shore Project Director of The Nature Conservancy. “It is the power of private/public partnerships that has made this extensive Nanticoke corridor possible.”

The Nanticoke Rural Legacy Area totals 21,300 acres of which 12,055 are protected. This easement will be held by DNR and the Department of the Navy.

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 comprised of Maryland’s Agriculture, Natural Resources and Planning Secretaries, reviews grant applications annually. For additional information, visit 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.


   December 7, 2011

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

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