County Executive Leopold Thanks Board of Public Works for Approval of Crownsville Property
Crownsville Hospital Forest will be protected from development
Annapolis, MD (December 15, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today thanked the Maryland Board of Public Works for approving the acquisition of 546 acres of forest and streams within the South River Greenway.
"I applaud the transfer of the Crownsville Hospital Forest to Anne Arundel County by the Governor, Comptroller and Treasurer," County Executive Leopold said. "The future use of this property is now dedicated to passive recreation and environmental stewardship. During my first term we moved to preserve 3,000 acres of land, and we hope to build on this record of land preservation as State Program Open Space funds become available."
The parcel west of Interstate 97 expands the County’s Bacon Ridge Natural Area in the South River Greenway to 970 acres. The County is nearing its goal of preserving over 1,100 contiguous acres within the South River Greenway. In September, County Executive Leopold signed into law legislation accepting the property.
As a condition of the transfer the State and County, in cooperation with Maryland Environmental Trust and Scenic Rivers Land Trust, will enter into a Conservation Easement to preserve this scenic rural property and protects its natural forest and wetland habitats. The County established a Stewardship Committee assigned to provide guidance and recommendations for attaining the goals and objectives of the Conservation Easement.
The Bacon Ridge Natural Area, in the heart of Anne Arundel County, contains one of the largest tracts of unbroken forest in the County and provides critical habitat for forest birds and rare, threatened and endangered plants.