Kent County remains a truly picturesque rural, historic landscape, but recently, solar and wind farms have been proposed, which could drastically alter the look and feel of the region. Hundreds of acres could eventually be converted to this new use. While no one questions that clean energy is necessary for a more sustainable future, it should not come at the expense of the state’s history and heritage.
Preservation Maryland will work with our Eastern Shore partners, including the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance to better understand the threats to Maryland’s historic landscape while offering alternative solutions and locations to produce renewable energy. We will also work with our partners in the Environmental community, including 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, to identify common ground between the environmental and historic preservation community.
Preservation Maryland has joined our partners in conservation, including the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance, to help to prevent the often permanent alteration of Maryland’s historic rural farm land by dispersed energy projects. On January 10, 2017, a large-scale project was denied liscensure – and a ruling in support of conservation and preservation.
The Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance received a Heritage Fund grant from Preservation Maryland, as well as a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund, to conduct an inventory of the scenic and historical cultural landscape in Kent County currently threatened by energy sprawl.
Thanks in part to a grant from the Heritage Fund, the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance completed phase one of their effort to create an inventory of the scenic and historical cultural landscape. The project team, led by the Washington College GIS program created the database to support project mapping. They also undertook extensive research and fieldwork and are now in the process of creating final reports and maps.
The Six-to-Fix program allows Preservation Maryland to take direct action to fulfill its mission to protect the best of Maryland. Your donation helps provide technical assistance through Preservation Maryland staff and preservation experts to threatened and underutilized historic places – your donation has a direct impact on saving Maryland architecture and history.Donate Now
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