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400 AGRICULTURAL ACRES TO BE PERMANENTLY PROTECTED IN CECIL COUNTY

Post Date:11/08/2017 3:57 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2017

Cecil County Government is pleased to announce that a 1.2 million dollar investment to permanently protect 398 acres in Cecil County has been approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works. The property owned by Losten's Dairy, LP is located northwest corner of Augustine Herman Highway (MD 213) and Town Point Road will be protected by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF). 

Created by the General Assembly in 1977, MALPF purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland and has permanently preserved land in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, representing a public investment of more than $645 million. With county and other state preservation programs, more than 800,000 acres of farmland and resource land are protected by easements in Maryland. This is the greatest ratio of farmland preserved to total landmass of any state. 

According to the last survey conducted by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, public opinion supports this investment. A full 97 percent of respondents believe that it is important that the state preserve farmland for farming. Marylanders believe that farms and the products they produce should remain a part of the state’s culture and economy

This approval brings the total farmland protected in perpetuity or approved by Board of Public Works in Cecil County by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) to 15,223 acres. 

“Cecil County’s agricultural legacy will continue in perpetuity with these natural, preserved properties,” stated County Executive Alan McCarthy. “It is truly an honor to have more Cecil County farms recognized in this way.”

The Cecil County Department of Land Use & Development Services continues to work toward the 55,000 acre agricultural preservation goal set in 2000. With this additional acreage, 27,549 acres have been placed into protective agricultural easement or approved by the Board of Public Works with an additional 3,926 acres that have started the process of agricultural land protection. In addition, 22,509 acres of Cecil County land is within a federal, state, county, town or open space parcels in fee ownership, including the newly acquired Bohemia River State Park. This totals 50,034 acres of Cecil County land that is protected from development.

For more information regarding the MALPF program, please visit mda.maryland.gov/malpf. For more information regarding land preservation in Cecil County, please contact Stephen J. O'Connor, AICP in the Department of Land Use & Development Services at 410-996-5220 or by email at soconnor@ccgov.org.

Aerial image: GIS data provided by Cecil County Government

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