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County Executive Announces the Preservation of Nearly 600 Acres of Land

Annapolis, MD (March 21, 2007) - County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that the Board of Public Works has approved the transfer of 546 acres of land on the west side of I-97 at the headwaters of South River.

“The property which is located on the west side of I-97, across from the Crownsville Hospital site is a priority property for conservation initiatives designated to preserve the South River Watershed,” said County Executive Leopold.  “Future use of the property will be restricted to passive recreation and the County has agreed to a cooperative wildlife management agreement which will ensure the protection of several species in their natural habitat.”

The property abuts the City of Annapolis’ waterworks watershed and the County will take into consideration the City’s issues regarding the waterworks watershed.

“The Scenic Rivers Land Trust applauds Anne Arundel County and the State for protecting this green space jewel for our citizens, for protection of the South River and for important wildlife habitat,” said Rich Mason of the Scenic Rivers Land Trust/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The Crownsville parcel is the centerpiece of a larger South River Greenway Project. We look forward to working with the County and State for many years to come.”

Meanwhile, County Executive Leopold will use Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds that are allocated to the County to secure the preservation of an additional 43 acres of land bordering the Patuxent River near Waysons Corner. The acquisition will provide additional buffer parkland, prevent incompatible development, provide improved public access and connect existing parkland.

“The property is adjacent to the County’s 610-acre Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and extends the existing nature preserve to the shores of the Patuxent River, while providing access to the river for fishermen and boaters,” said Mr. Leopold.

The property consists primarily of wooded floodplain, which provides additional habitat areas for wildlife within the existing Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, as well as for seasonal waterfowl.

$89,000 in Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds will be used to acquire the Jug Bay property from the Maryland State Highway Administration. The parcel will be used in connection with the Patuxent Regional Greenways Project, a Regional Greenways Corridor stretching along the Patuxent River in Howard, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Anne Arundel counties.


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