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County Executive Leopold Applauds Recognition from Smart Growth Alliance for Greenways

County conservation programs make regional priority list

Annapolis (December 14, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that the Washington Smart Growth Alliance has named two Anne Arundel County Greenways programs to its prestigious Regional Conservation Priority List.

"This Administration has identified the South River Greenway as a priority conservation initiative to protect the headwaters of the South River," County Executive John R. Leopold said. "The Greenway creates an interconnected network of natural areas that protects ecologically valuable lands and provides recreational opportunities."

The Alliance seeks to promote smart growth conservations and recognizes efforts to preserve open space, parkland or natural areas. Each year it formally recognizes the regional conservation priorities that hold the most promise for contributing to our future quality of life. The list highlights projects or programs that will encourage better conservation in the region in the broadest sense.

Anne Arundel County’s Greenways programs contribute to the enhancement of land stewardship, air and water quality and quality of life. The South River Greenway Program is recognized for its cooperative initiative to protect 6,000 acres of land within the heart of Anne Arundel County and restore the area’s streams and upland wildlife habitat. The Patuxent River Greenway Program is acknowledged for its 80-mile water trail beginning at the Triadelphia Reservoir in Montgomery County and terminating in southern Calvert County, with four stops in Anne Arundel County.

For more information on the Greenways Program contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks at (410) 222-7317 or visit http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/


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