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County to Benefit From Latest AG Preservation Funding

County to Benefit From Latest AG Preservation Funding

Washington County will receive $1.7 million in new funding for preservation of agricultural land, part of the most recent statewide easement purchases announced by Governor Martin O'Malley and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) on Wednesday.
In a September 16 press release, MALPF said that the Board of Public Works approved the purchase of 30 easements protecting 3,224 acres of prime Maryland farmland in 16 counties for over $21.3 million in State, local and federal funding.
Two hundred seventy eight acres would be preserved through the purchase of three easements in Washington County, bringing the total of permanently protected farmland in the county to 23,743 acres.
Farmland protected in perpetuity by MALPF in Maryland will grow to 277,565 acres with the new easements.
Created by the General Assembly in 1977, MALPF purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland and has permanently preserved land in each of Maryland's 23 counties, representing a public investment of over $550 million. With county and other state preservation programs, nearly 535,000 acres of farmland are protected in Maryland. This is the greatest ratio of farmland preserved to total landmass of any state, MALPF said.

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