The Maryland Board of Public Works, Rural Legacy Board approved an expansion of 17,065 acres in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area, almost doubling the size of this preservation boundary. Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development requested the expansion of the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area, which was supported by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County. The additional acreage represents environmentally significant land bordering the St. Mary’s and Potomac Rivers, as well as areas surrounding the Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field (WOLF). Conservation within the Area will provide water quality benefits and prevent encroachment on the Navy’s operations at WOLF. Additionally, the Rural Legacy Board unanimously approved more than $27.1 million in Rural Legacy Program grants for conservation easement acquisitions, reflecting the highest annual amount appropriated since 2002. St. Mary’s County’s two Rural Legacy Areas are part of this grant award. Funding from these grants will permanently protect working farms, forests, open space, shorelines, and wetlands — plus cultural and historical resources. The Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust received a grant for $852,262 for the Huntersville Rural Legacy Area. These funds will be used to acquire conservation easements to protect forests, natural and archeological areas, farmland, and historic sites. Portions […]
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