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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Rural Legacy Easement In Wicomico County

Annapolis, Md. – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of a 110-acre conservation easement in Wicomico County through the Rural Legacy Program.

“Our farmland and forest resources are an integral part of the rural character of our State,” said Governor O’Malley. “This conservation easement is helping protect that rural landscape from development.”

The Board of Public Works approved $309,794 for the acquisition of the easement that will preserve 110 acres of agricultural and forest land in the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area of Wicomico County and protect water quality through permanent riparian buffers along the Nanticoke River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The easement will be held by the Wicomico County Council and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large, contiguous tracts of land and to enhance natural resource, agricultural, forestry and environmental protection while supporting a sustainable land base for natural resource based industries.

Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has to date provided over $187.2 million to protect nearly 63,000 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

The three-member Board of Public Works, chaired by Governor O’Malley, is comprised of 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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