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Rural Legacy


In 1998 the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust submitted its first Rural Legacy application for the Huntersville area. Since that time fourteen properties covering over 3,000 acres have been protected in the Huntersville area through the Rural Legacy program.

In January 2004, due to increased landowner interest, the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust resubmitted another application to expand the Huntersville Rural Legacy Area. The Land Trust requested the boundaries be expanded to allow these additional landowners the opportunity to place conservation easements on their property. This boundary expansion was granted in 2005. Additional funding was granted in January 2006 and January 2009.

In January 2006, the state also designated and granted funding for a second Rural Legacy Area in St. Mary's County. This new Mattapany area encompassed 13,703 acres from south of Hermanville Road along the Chesapeake Bay and Route 5 down to St. Jerome’s Creek. In September 2006, the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners purchased 159 acres referred to as the Fenwick Property. This property is the cornerstone of the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area. Since that time, six additional properties in the Mattapany area have been preserved through the Rural Legacy Program totaling just over 700 acres. There is currently expressed interest from thirteen additional landowners totaling more than 1,350 acres.
The Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust is grateful to all of the landowners in both the Huntersville and Mattapany Rural Legacy Areas who participated in the Rural Legacy Program. Their patience and dedication in preserving their land for future generations has been commendable.

The Rural Legacy Program encourages local governments and private land trusts to identify Rural Legacy Areas and to competitively apply for funds to complement existing land preservation efforts or to develop new ones. Easements or fee estate purchases are sought from willing landowners in order to protect areas vulnerable to sprawl development that can weaken an area’s natural resources, thereby jeopardizing the economic value of farming, forestry, recreation and tourism.

For more information on the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust please visit http://www.patuxent-tidewater.org/