Governor Announces Land Preservation Funds

Governor Announces Land Preservation Funds

Washington County will receive $460,700 in Rural Legacy Program for Fiscal Year 2009. The announcement came Wednesday at a ceremony held by Governor Martin O'Malley in Annapolis, attended by State Senator Don Munson. The funds will help Washington County continue purchasing easements in the Antietam Battlefield area in pursuit of the overall county goal of 50,000 acres under permanent preservation.
The FY 2009 award is the11th since the inception of the Rural Legacy Program. Washington County has preserved more than 4,000 acres on 30 farms in the Antietam Battlefield area in perpetuity through grant awards exceeding $11 million.
OR17;Malley also announced the launch of an additional Open Space program called GreenPrint.
In a news release the Governor's office said, " ...It is from our commitment to protect the Earth that we have created GreenPrint a first of its kind interactive land conservation map that will help us achieve our shared vision for a Smart, Green & Growing Maryland."
R20;Some four hundred years after Captain John Smith first mapped the Chesapeake Bay, yesterday we launched a statewide iMap, a GreenPrint of Maryland every bit as revolutionary, and carrying with it the same potential to unlock the doors of possibility for future generations," the release stated.
R20;Using cutting edge technology and timeless principles for targeting progress and measuring performance, GreenPrint shows how Maryland's land conservation programs and its partners are working together to conserve our most important ecological, cultural and historic landscapes -- lands that will help us restore the health of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays, provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders," the release said.
The Governor's message concluded, "By mapping every parcel and plot of land in our State, we are creating a tool that can be used by our partners, including MarylandR17;s citizens, to help preserve land and direct new growth."
To find out more about the new program, visit www.greenprint.maryland.gov.