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November 14, 2012

Rural Legacy Program Preserves 340 Acres in Calvert and Somerset Counties

by Martha

 

Photo by John K. Hatley

The State has added 340 acres to its permanently protected rural landscape, eliminating 38 developmental rights in two counties. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land, located in Calvert and Somerset counties.

“I would like to commend these property owners for helping us protect lands that are not only rich in history, but vital to the health and prosperity of our State and its citizens,” said Governor O’Malley.

In Calvert County, preservation of the Dowell Leavitt Property in the North Calvert Rural Legacy Area will permanently protect 214 acres and extinguish 10 development lots. This easement will forever protect land that provides habitat for a variety of plant and wildlife, including Forest Interior Dwelling Species, migratory song birds and raptors. The easement will also improve water quality by preserving riparian buffers on more than 10,900 feet of Hall Creek, a tributary of the Patuxent River. 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the County Commissioners of Calvert County and the Calvert Farmland Trust will hold the easement. The Rural Legacy Area totals 10,515 acres, of which 4,850 are currently protected. 

In Worcester County, preservation of the 71-acre Doris and Lee Carey Property and the 55-acre Lee Carey Property, both in the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy Area, will permanently protect a total of 126 acres and extinguish 28 development lots. The easements will also help the agricultural economy of Somerset County by maintaining the viability of its working landscapes.

DNR and the Lower Shore Land Trust will hold the easements. The Rural Legacy Area totals 23,000 acres, of which 5,155 are currently protected. 

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has to date provided more than $235 million to protect 75,435 acres of valuable farmland, forests, and natural areas.

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