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Md. Rural Legacy Program Receives FY 2013 Grants to Preserve Lands Statewide

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The Rural Legacy Program will receive approximately $5.6 million in Fiscal Year 2013 grants to permanently protect agricultural and ecologically significant working landscapes throughout Maryland. Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding at an Oct. 3 meeting in Annapolis.

"Through these conservation easements, we are able to protect our landscapes that are part of the rich history we share as Marylanders," O'Malley said.

The grants approved include the following Rural Legacy Areas and associated counties:

Anne Arundel South (Anne Arundel)   $45,308

Coastal Bays (Worcester)   $320,000

Deer Creek (Harford)   $701,367                                                         

Dividing Creek (Somerset & Worcester)   $130,632

Fair Hill (Cecil)   $113,699

Mid-Maryland Washington (Washington)   $1,260,000

Nanticoke (Dorchester)   $650,000

Piney Run (Baltimore)   $568,000

Upper Patapsco/Little Pipe Creek (Baltimore)   $617,995

Mattapany (St. Mary's)   $775,000

Maryland's Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of forestry and agricultural land and natural resources, and for environmental protection while sustaining land for natural resource-based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, the program has to-date provided more than $243 million to protect 75,435 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. More information is available at dnr.maryland.gov/land/rurallegacy/.

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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