BPW Approves Preservation of 91 Acres In Dorchester County through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Annapolis, Md. (February 8, 2012) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 91 acres of streamside forests, natural areas and wetlands in Dorchester County, through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement option.
“I would like to commend these Maryland landowners for their commitment to helping restore our natural resources through these conservation practices,” said Governor O’Malley.“Working together, in partnership with the federal government and landowners, CREP is helping us protect important wildlife habitat, control pollution and ensure our future generations have safe, clean drinking water.”
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and the Department of Natural Resources will co-hold the easement.
The easement, on property owned by the D’Adamo family, will permanently protect water quality through streamside buffers along 8,100 feet of the Choptank River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
“The waterfowl habitat and forest restoration work completed by the D’Adamo Family Partnership on their Dorchester County property is inspiring,” said Jared Parks of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. “Now, because the D’Adamos have placed a permanent easement on the property, future generations of people and wildlife can forever enjoy the improvements.”
Maryland’s CREP easement option is administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is funded through Program Open Space. The State of Maryland has entered into an agreement with the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the Commodity Credit Corporation to provide funds to landowners who make permanent the conservation practices established through 10- or 15- year CREP contracts. CREP provides for the establishment of stream buffers, grass plantings, shrubs and trees, and the retirement of highly erodible land. In addition to providing important habitat for wildlife, all of these practices work to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by reducing soil runoff, increasing groundwater absorption, and reducing stream sedimentation and nutrient loading into Maryland’s waterways.
The three member Board of Public Works is composed 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 consultation contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement transactions.
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Contact: Josh Davidsburg
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov