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October 22, 2013

MET Protects Kent County Farm along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway

by Martha

Photo of the Easement The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have permanently protected 160 acres of farmland along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway from development through a conservation easement. MET works with local land trusts and property owners to safeguard the beautiful, priority lands that surround Maryland’s network of scenic byways.

“We are thrilled to have helped this farmland remain both a productive part of the local economy and a picturesque delight,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “The preservation of farms and forests along scenic byways will continue to be an important driver in the State’s tourism economy.”

The property, located just outside of Chestertown, consists of open space and active farmland, which provide a visual transition from the region’s commercial and retail area. The easement will preserve the land’s scenic characteristics, including the family farm and beautiful landscape, an integral part of the area’s agricultural setting.

MET worked with federal, State and local partners to purchase this easement ─ including making use of federal transportation funds set aside for the protection of scenic views along the byway. MET, together with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Queen Anne’s County and the Maryland State Highway Administration have been working cooperatively to permanently safeguard key properties along the byway and the scenic, rural and agricultural character of this landscape. Click here to learn more about the Maryland’s Scenic Byways Program.

“Since 2009, MET and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have completed four easements along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway, protecting more than 987 acres of farmland,” said John Hutson, MET conservation easement program manager. “These efforts have conserved wildlife habitat, historic resources and prime agricultural lands. We are very pleased to help protect this important property, further securing the scenic and resource rich corridor along this byway.”

MET currently holds more than 1,050 easements totaling more than 129,000 acres in Maryland. Governed by a citizen board of trustees, MET is affiliated with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and promotes the permanent protection of land through its Conservation Easement, Stewardship and Land Trust Assistance programs. For more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov/met.

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