In one of the earliest hearings after the start of the 440th Maryland General Assembly, Smart Growth Maryland and its partners in the Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County will be testifying in support of legislation that will advance the planning of the Southern Maryland Rapid Transit project.
Preservation Maryland is pleased to partner with the leaders and citizens of the City of Brunswick to help support the preservation of their railroad heritage and specifically to relocate and interpret the historic WB Tower.
Egrets in flight at Mattawoman Creek in Charles County, Maryland. Photo by Dr. Jim Long.
Support for New and Expanded Rural Legacy Areas in Charles County
Show Your Support: The County Commissioners took comments on this proposal at a public hearing on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. If you were unable to make the hearing, but would still like to comment, you can do so through October 8, 2019.
Created in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has preserved 86,103 acres of valuable forests, farmland, and natural areas. Every Maryland county includes at least one Rural Legacy Area. As a member of the Partners for Open Space steering committee, Preservation Maryland advocates for full funding for Rural Legacy and other land conservation programs every year during the legislative session in Annapolis.
Charles County’s Zekiah Rural Legacy Area encompasses what has been described by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as the most diverse ecosystem in the State. Containing Maryland’s largest natural hardwood swamp, the Zekiah Rural Legacy Area is also rich in historic and archeological sites. The proposed expansion will allow landowners in the Allen’s Fresh and Cobb Neck areas to be eligible for Rural Legacy funding to preserve their properties.
A lotus on Mattawoman Creek in Charles County, Maryland. Photo by Dr. Jim Long.
Western Charles County includes Southern Maryland’s largest forest and Mattawoman Creek, which State fisheries biologists have called “the best, most productive tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.” Because of the abundance of ecological, working, and historic resources in Western Charles County, the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2016 calls for the creation of a new Nanjemoy-Mattawoman Rural Legacy Area.
If you were unable to attend the County Commissioners’ public hearing on September 24, you can still voice your support for expansion of the Zekiah Rural Legacy Area and creation of the Nanjemoy-Mattawoman Rural Legacy Area.
Smart Growth Maryland is a major program of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.