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Conservation easements, open space funds approved

June 10, 2004|by TAMELA BAKER

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved conservation easements for a number of Washington County areas as well as Program Open Space funds for various park projects, Gov. Robert Ehrlich's office announced Wednesday.

The board approved funding from the state's Rural Legacy Program to purchase easements aimed at preserving farmlands, forests, wildlife habitats, wetlands, views of historic sites, Civil War sites and watershed lands. They include:

  • $300,000 to acquire easements in the Mid-Maryland Washington County Rural Legacy Area to protect farmland, forests, the South Mountain Civil War battlefield, a view of Antietam Battlefield and a greenbelt around Sharpsburg.

  • $77,770 to acquire a conservation easement on the Robert E. and Naia H. Bonnet property off Sharpsburg Pike to preserve land near Sharpsburg and Antietam Battlefield, protect forested and agricultural land and to preserve stream buffers on a tributary of the Potomac River.


Program Open Space projects approved include:

  • $31,500 for new lighting, electric upgrades and a new water system on the grounds of the Washington County Agricultural and Education Center.

  • $109,398 to renovate tennis courts at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, Washington County Regional Park, Clear Spring Park, Woodland Way County Park, Doubs Woods County Park and Hancock High School.
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