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Nearly 3,500 Acres of Chesapeake Forest Land Acquired on Eastern Shore

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EASTERN SHORE, Md. - The Maryland Board of Public Works approved funding to secure nearly 3,500 acres of forest land on the Eastern Shore for economic, environmental and recreational purposes.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will manage the 3,486 acres of land across three counties as part of its Chesapeake Forest Lands.

"This acquisition will help the state solidify its significant progress toward meeting our Chesapeake Bay Agreement goals by safeguarding important natural resources," said Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton. "Even more, Maryland's natural resource-based economies and industries, like paper and timber, will see benefits, as the new tracts will provide for a sustainable timber harvest and increased hunting and recreation opportunities.

The land was purchased for $6.53 million with funding from Program Open Space. The property spans three counties: 523 acres in Somerset, 972 in Wicomico and 1,890 in Worcester. The acquisition was in cooperation with The Conservation Fund, allowing for the Chesapeake Forest Lands to increase to 71,208 acres. This purchase marks the second largest Chesapeake Forest Lands purchase. The largest was in 2009, when it acquired 4,900 acres of land.

The land will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service, in accordance with the state's duel forest certification through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council.

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