2,894 Acres Protected in Kent County
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) has received the largest conservation easement in its 42-year history. Mrs. Louisa Duemling has donated a 2,894-acre easement to MET and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Inc., forever protecting the scenic open space, agricultural and forestland, known as Andelot Farm in Kent County.
The property includes approximately 1,087 acres of forest, 1,692 acres of tilled land and 50 acres of freshwater ponds. The easement will also preserve a 200-foot vegetative buffer strip along 9.2 miles of the Chesapeake Bay, Churn Creek, Tims Creek, Worton Creek and Still Pond, protecting water quality and riparian wildlife habitat. In addition, the property contains high quality habitat for several threatened and endangered species, including the Delmarva fox squirrel.
To the south across Worton Creek, Andelot Farm adjoins the 632-acre Copeland Biddle easement held by MET. Directly across Smithville Road, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) holds a 41-acre easement, and several other MET and MALPF easements are nearby. Located partially within the Sassafras Rural Legacy Focus Area, Andelot's size, amount of waterfront, and the presence of rare, threatened or endangered species, make it a high-priority project.
“Mrs. Duemling's exceptional gift is all the more appreciated because time is running out,” said Elizabeth Buxton, Director of Maryland Environmental Trust. “Experts predict that within 10 to 20 years, our State will be so developed that significant easements, of the size and environmental value of Andelot Farm, will no longer be possible.”
“On behalf of the present and future citizens of Maryland, I want to thank Mrs. Duemling for her extraordinary generosity and vision in preserving this magnificent property,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.
Photos courtesy of Maryland Environmental Trust
December 8, 2009