The state will spend an additional $1 million to preserve 225 acres in north Baltimore County from development.
The funding was announced this week by Gov. Parris N. Glendening as part of the Rural Legacy program, which pays property owners not to develop their land. It follows last week's announcement of $660,000 to preserve three north county tracts.
The latest funding from the Department of Natural Resources will cover 225 acres known as Bonnie Brook Farms on Carroll Road north of Sparks Road in Manor. A stewardship plan will also be applied to the land, preserving 117 acres of forest, Glendening said.
"We're extremely pleased," said Jim Constable, president of the Manor Conservancy land trust group. "It's a very good program."
The grants announced last week preserve an 82-acre former horse farm at Black Rock and Millender Mill roads; a 15-acre area near Trenton Mill and Black Rock roads; and an 83-acre section of Long Green Valley.
"One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to permanently protect Maryland's beautiful farmland, forests and historic villages from the threat of development and urban sprawl," Glendening said in a statement.