WESTOVER, Md.– A new, donated conservation easement will permanently protect important farmland in Somerset County.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Trust, Landowner Frederick Howard donated the 30.2 acres to safeguard its resources and his family’s legacy.
“I am extremely pleased that an organization like the Maryland Environmental Trust is available to residents so that we may be able to preserve our farmland for future generations,” Howard said. “This particular piece of farmland has been in my family for over 200 years and dates back to a direct ancestor who served in the Somerset County militia during the American Revolution. It’s a great feeling to know this old farmland will be protected in the future regardless of who owns the property.”
The easement serves as an integral part of the area’s agricultural setting, connecting protected farms, offering prime soils for farming and providing sweeping views of the farmland along Revell’s Neck Road.