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Commissioners OK list of Rural Legacy candidates

December 22, 2000

Commissioners OK list of Rural Legacy candidates



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


A list of potential Washington County Rural Legacy easements was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

The move means some property owners could receive money from the program's third phase for the purchase of permanent conservation easements.

The state awarded $1.4 million to the county for the third cycle of the program.

The county uses the money to buy land from property owners with the goal of protecting land around the Antietam National Battlefield from development. Property owners are paid in exchange for agreeing to protect their land from development and other restrictions.

Washington County received $1.8 million for the first cycle and $1.3 million for the second cycle.

With the first cycle they were able to purchase 937 acres from five property owners, said county Farmland Preservation Administrator Eric Seifarth.

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The amount paid so far per acre ranges from $1,500 to $2,100, he said.

Prior cycles were approved by the county and state.

A list of 22 property owners with a combined total of 1,739 acres was submitted.

The list is required by the state to ensure there are enough people desiring the easements to make the $1.4 million grant appropriate.

Placement on the list does not guarantee funds.

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