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Maryland preserves 65 acres in Washington County

Edwin David easement will protect water quality along 7,000 feet of ditches and tributaries to Dog Creek and Little Dog Creek

October 19, 2012

A 65-acre property in Washington County is one of two that has been permanently preserved by the State of Maryland.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and the Board of Public Works approved the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement this week.

The 65-acre Edwin David easement, on property owned by the David family, will protect water quality along 7,000 feet of ditches and tributaries to Dog Creek and Little Dog Creek. Forested and vegetative stream buffers will work to filter stormwater runoff that will feed into these creeks, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

The David property includes two other creeks and two natural springs that will be protected by the buffers.

The area is close to several state and national parks, including Antietam National Battlefield, Washington Monument State Park, Greenbrier State Park and the Appalachian Trail. Washington County and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold the easement.

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“The project is part of a larger tract of land near the historic town of Boonsboro,” said Eric Seifarth, land preservation administrator with Washington County. “Surrounded by the area of the Battle of South Mountain, the Battle of Fox’s Gap, the Battle of Turner’s Gap and the Battle of Boonsboro, the property is in a central location with respect to the Civil War.”

Approval of these projects satisfies the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, protecting a total of 3,285 acres using $12.6 million in State Program Open Space funding to match federal monies dedicated to the overall CREP program. The other property permanently preserved recently is located in Wicomico County.

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