County Executive Leopold Thanks Board of Public Works for Rural Legacy Grant Approval
$1.9 million protects against development of rural land
Annapolis, MD (February 24, 2011) - County Executive John R. Leopold today thanked the Maryland Board of Public Works for approving $1.9 million in Rural Legacy Grant funds for Anne Arundel County to fund the acquisition of perpetual easements for the preservation of land in the County’s Rural Legacy Area.
"I am pleased that the Governor, Comptroller and Treasurer have approved these funds to help further our progress in safeguarding the County’s valuable farmland and forests," County Executive Leopold said. "Anne Arundel County is proud to partner with the State of Maryland in preserving, in perpetuity, our precious natural resources."
The Rural Legacy Grant Program, administered through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, provides funding necessary to protect large, contiguous tracts of land and other strategic areas from sprawl development and to enhance natural resource, agricultural, forestry and environmental protection through cooperative efforts among state and local governments and land trusts.
Since its inception in 1998, the Program has provided $7,240,000 in Rural Legacy grant funding to Anne Arundel County.
The grant will fund the protection of a 185-acre property in West River, part of a 2,160-acre block of contiguous land including County and State agricultural districts and easements, Rural Legacy easements, and other County owned land. Tentative plans are to use the property for organic farming and educational tours, as well as the continuation of grain farming. The County expects to close on the property within the next month.