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State Preserves 17 Acres In Deer Creek Valley Rural Legacy Area

November 8, 2010 by deercreekmd 

Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 17 acres of Maryland landscape in the Deer Creek Valley Rural Legacy Area through the Rural Legacy Program.

“Our farms support our working families and contribute to our economy,” said Governor O’Malley. “Not only are we preserving the farms, forests and fields that define our great State, we are also preserving our culture and heritage for our children and theirs.”

In the Deer Creek Valley Rural Legacy Area, preservation of the 17-acre Norton property will preserve valuable forest land and extinguish two development lots. Water quality will be protected through permanent forested streamside buffers along Deer Creek and tributaries on the property that feed into the Susquehanna River. The forest land on this property will be managed under a Forest Management Plan.

“Ralph and Sabrina Norton have taken a very proactive role in preserving the natural lands bordering Deer Creek, while providing opportunities for groups to experience that beauty from a hands on perspective,” said William Amoss, Chief of Agricultural and Historic Preservation for Harford County. “This Rural Legacy easement compliments an existing Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation Easement and fully protects Camp Hidden Valley, originally donated to the Campfire Girls in 1967.”

This easement completes protection of a series of parcels owned by the same family, and will be held by Harford County.

The Deer Creek Valley Rural Legacy Area consists of a total of 66,701 acres, of which 32,343 acres are currently protected.

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