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Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening, left, announces $8.25 million in funds to
purchase development rights to more than 2,700 acres of historic rural open space in
Montgomery, Frederick, and Washington counties. Sharing the news are from left,
Douglas M. Duncan, Montgomery County executive; Bruce Reeder, Frederick County
commissioner; Ron Bowers, Washington County commissioner; and Ralph Gross!,
president, American Farmland Trust. This is part of the Rural Legacy Trust awards tot
aling $29 million statewide.
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three counties. Stretching from
Poolesville, in Montgomery
County, and cutting a swath right
through Frederick County and on
up into Sharpsburg in Washington
- County, the protected area will en
compass more than 2,700 acres of
rural open space.
“We’re here to draw a line, a
line that will preserve a greenway
that will stretch all the way from
Western Montgomery County,
right on through where we are
now, through Frederick County,
and up into Southern Washington
County,” announced the Gover
nor,” “By drawing this line what
we are saying is that on this land
there will be no more sprawl;
we’re saying that this farmland is
too valuable, this environment is
too fragile, and this history is too
important, and the small towns
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and the gentle way of life that they
represent are too precious to be
lost to suburban sprawl.”
The Mid-Maryland Rural Le
gacy area originates in the West
ern part of Montgomery County.
There the initial plan request is to
purchase an easement on a single
farm consisting of 834 acres near
Poolesville, in the Sugarloaf
Frederick County contains the
largest acreage to be preserved by
the Mid-Maryland grant award. A
total of 1,270 acres in Frederick
County, including farms, natural
resources, and historic villages
will be protected from encroach
ing development The Frederick
County portion of the plan in
cludes Civil War battle sites at
South Mountain and farmland and
natural and recreational resources
along the Appalachian Trail. It
also creates a “greenbelt" of pro
tection around the historic town of
In Washington County the plan focuses on
the areas in and around Sharpsburg and
Keedysville. The area includes battlefield
sites around Antietam National Battlefield,
areas of historic farmland, historic villages,
stone bridges, bams, and houses. It encom
passes areas along the Potomac River and the
C&O Canal. It also specifically enhances the
State’s existing preservation efforts that pro
tect the views surrounding Antietam National
Ag Board Director
LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.) Thomas
Daniels, director of the Lancaster County
Agricultural Preserve Board, is resigning his
post effective July 2.
Daniels, who came to Lancaster County in
1989 as director of one of the country’s lead
ing ag land preservation systems, has decided
to return to college as an instructor.
Daniels, before taking the farmland preser
vation job in Lancaster, served as an asn date
professor of regional and community plan
ning at Kansas State University. He has
decided to return to teaching, this time accept
ing a job as professor of planning at the State
University of New York in Albany.
At the university, Daniels will teach, write,
and direct the master’s degree program.
In a recent newspaper article, Daniels said,
“Working in Lancaster County has been a
very good experience. I value the time I’ve
spent in Lancaster County and the people I’ve
Daniels’ performance as administrator of a
key office in the county’s nationally recog
nized growth management/farmland preser
vation program was praised by Paul Whipple,
member of the ag board, and others. He.
helped preserve 18S farms.
Daniels said he took the university job
“because I’ve been here nine years and it was
time to do something different”
Since it began in the early 1980 s, the board
has saved 250 farms. About three'quarters of
them were saved during Daniels time as direc
tor. The board has 200 applications on hand.
A search is under way for Daniels’ replace
ment. Salary range A for the job is
$42,000-$60,000 per year.
Daniels said, “Compared to most other
places in the United States, Lancaster County
has done a pretty good job in balancing
growth and farmland protection.
“We have a very good model for land pre
servation and growth management in Lancas
ter County. Mypurpose was for others to ben
efit from the success we’ve had here, to
spread the word.”