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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Forest Legacy Easement In Harford County

Annapolis, Md. – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of a federally funded Forest Legacy Conservation Easement to preserve a 376.65-acre property within the Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Harford County. The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America owns the Reservation, a 1,666-acre property primarily comprised of forestland.

“This property will not only protect significant forest resources and riparian buffers, but will also allow local Boy Scout troops to convene and learn about stewardship, wildlife and our natural resources,” said Governor O’Malley.

The USDA Forest Service will fund DNR’s acquisition through a federal Forest Legacy Conservation Easement of $3,255,000. This Easement will allow the property owner to use up to 28 acres for structures associated within the use of Broad Creek as a Boy Scout camp. The perpetual easement will be held by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Today’s action compliments a Harford County easement that protects 389 acres of the Broad Creek property. The ultimate goal is to protect the entire property.

The three-member Board of Public Works is comprised 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 consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.

   August 5, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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