Eastern shore awarded funds to protect rural lands

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved over $5 million in grants to the eastern shore.  The money will go towards the Rural Legacy Program.

These projects include protecting productive farmland, natural habitat, shorelines, wetlands and woodlands as well as cultural, historic and natural resources.

Lands receiving grants include the agricultural security corridor in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent and Talbot counties, dividing creek in Somerset and Worcester, foreman branch in Queen Anne's, and Nanticoke in Dorchester, totaling almost $6 million.

Emily Wilson, Director of Land Acquisition and Planning, says "It's extremely important to maintain that rural economy, and a critical program needed to support these natural resource and agricultural based economies in Maryland's rural areas."

The program was established in 1997 and to date has permanently protected over 90,000 acres of land.

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