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Maryland Board of Public Works Awards Grant Funding to Land Preservation in St. Mary’s County

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are pleased to announce that the Maryland Board of Public Works last week awarded over $2.5M in FY20 grant funding for land preservation in St. Mary’s County. Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Board, Inc. will use the grant, along with County and Navy funding, to purchase conservation easements in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area (RLA). In total, RC&D has leveraged over $9.5M to preserve over 1,670 acres of land in the Mattapany RLA over the last two years. Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large, contiguous blocks of environmentally sensitive land, while supporting agriculture and natural resource-based industries. Recognizing these important benefits, as well as the need to protect local quality of life and rural character, St. Mary’s County provides matching funds for conservation easements through its land preservation program. The Navy’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program also contributes significant funding for the easements in order to minimize conflicts between development and military operations at NAS Patuxent River and Webster field. Commissioner Todd Morgan was pleased to join RC&D’s Executive Director, Cindy Greb, at the Board of Public Works’ grant award announcement. “We are happy to be able to […]

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