Board of Public Works Approves More Than $4 Million for Agricultural Preservation

A July 1 Cumberland-Times article  highlights the recent approval by the Maryland Board of Public Works [BPW] to preserve 205 acres along Town Creek in Allegany County using $288 thousand in State funds through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF).  The article also discusses Maryland’s ongoing strong committment to agricultural preservation.

The [BPW] on June 20 approved the purchase of 11 easements protecting 965 acres of prime Maryland farmland in five counties for more than $4 million in state and local funding. …

“Maryland has one of the strongest agricultural land preservation records in the nation. Each easement purchase builds on our commitment to keep farming a viable and sustainable industry in our state,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.  …

With county and other state preservation programs, nearly 564,381 acres of farmland are protected in Maryland. That is the greatest ratio of farmland preserved to total land of any state, according to a press release from the state.

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