The state Board of Public Works has released $140,862 to Carroll County, officials said yesterday.
The payment, made Wednesday, reimburses the county for the purchase of 18.2 acres of land near Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center near Westminster.
"With the state board's approval, the county initiated the purchase in December 1990," said John Little, county director of Recreation and Parks. "The state is reimbursing us for the entire cost of the project."
The county put the newly acquired property to use right away, he said. Residents are already hiking and skiing cross country on "The land was purchased ultimately for the Union Mills Reservoir, which is a long-term future project," said Mr. Little.
The state wanted to buy the land from C. Stanley Mayer to expand its existing property and to protect streams from development encroachment, said Bernie Wentker, regional administrator for Program Open Space.
"We are always looking for buffer zones to protect streams," he said.
The state also approved the purchase of 3.5 unimproved acres near London Bridge Road in South Carroll. That property was purchased from William Hahn for $17,500.
"The parcel is the first in a group of connections to Morgan Run," said Mr. Wentker.
"It's part of the Greenway Connections program along stream ways," he said.
Both parcels are among the 1,100 acres of land in 21 locations purchased through Program Open Space, a nationally recognized model for land preservation.
"The preservation of these areas as open space will provide recreational opportunities for Maryland's citizens and preserve part of our natural heritage for future generations," said Gov. William Donald Schaefer.