Maryland To Preserve More Open-Space Land

Governor O’Malley unveiled a plan to preserve 9200 acres of farmland, forest and waterfront land in Maryland. The state would buy five large tracts of open space in Cecil, Charles, Saint Mary’s and Worcester Counties to protect the areas from development while enhancing public access to the Chesapeake Bay. If the $71-million deal is approved by the Board of Public Works, it would double the acreage acquired for preservation efforts since O’Malley was elected governor.