The money will be used for land preservation.
Annapolis, Md (KM) $1.259-million in grants were approved Wednesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works for the Mid-Maryland Frederick–Carrolton Manor Rural Legacy area. The program provides funding to protect large, contiguous tracts of land from sprawl development. It also protects large tracts of agriculture land and forest land through partnerships with local governments and private land trust sponsors.
Local officials say 6,588 acres of land in Frederick County have been permanently preserved by the Rural Legacy program., which is part of the over 63.000 acres in total that have been permanently preserved in Frederick County.
The Maryland General Assembly has set aside $18.85-million this Department of Natural Resources program. Under Rural Legacy, easements or fee simple interests in real property are purchased from willing property owners, based on Rural Legacy plans that have been reviewed by the Rural Legacy Board.
For more information on Rural Legacy, you can go on line to www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/agpres. Or call Program Administrator Anne Bradley at 301-600-1474,
By Kevin McManus