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January 27, 2014

MET Permanently Protects 36 Acres in Western Maryland in 2013

by kking

Permanently protected forest land in Garrett County

Permanently protected forest land in Garrett County

The Maryland Environmental Trust accepted three conservation easements in 2013 that will permanently protect 36 total acres of important forestland, wildlife habitat, and scenic views, in Garrett, Washington and Frederick counties.

In Garrett County, MET partnered with the Allegheny Highlands Conservancy to accept a 29-acre easement donation from Ed and Donna Gates in December. Located in the northeastern part of the county, the land is forested and provides important wildlife habitat. It also offers beautiful scenic views along Frostburg Road.

“We decided on the donation of a conservation easement because we wanted to ensure that the forest on our property will continue as a forest into the future, as habitat for forest-interior birds and other wildlife, and as a buffer that protects a small, spring-fed tributary of the Savage River,” said Ed Gates.

In Frederick County, MET received an easement donation in December from Barry Salisbury, a move spurred by her desire to protect a small tract of forestland on Catoctin Mountain. The property contains 6.35 acres of interior forest habitat, adjacent to a larger swath of protected forestland with more than 700 protected acres within a mile.

According to Salisbury, who hopes her actions will encourage her neighbors to consider conservation programs for their own properties, “I am promoting conservation easements as a tool to help protect the open spaces, farms and woodlands, streams and meadows from Burkettsville to Wolfsville. The character of the Middletown Valley is in jeopardy and we need to work together to protect it for future generations.”  

In Washington County, MET accepted an easement donation on a small but important property bordering the C&O Canal and adjacent to a large block of protected property.  Delbert Martin donated the land in December to protect an undeveloped scenic view along both Remsburg and Bowie Roads, also seen from the C&O Canal National Park.

The Maryland Environmental Trust was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly as a charitable organization and serves as the statewide land trust. MET currently holds more than 1,050 easements totaling approximately 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. MET also provides grants to environmental education projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program.

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