ESLC protects two environmentally important properties

IMG_4477 Jones-018-(3)-(640x427)ESLC protects two environmentally important properties

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy ends 2014 with another 129 acres saved on our beautiful Eastern Shore.

ESLC and Maryland Department of Natural Resources protected 35 acres in Caroline County, contributing to a greenbelt around Hillsboro. The property, owned by Lindy J. (Jay) and Debra Jones, is within the Tuckahoe Rural Legacy focus area (funds from the Rural Legacy program helped to preserve this property) and is near more than 1,000 acres already preserved.

“Good things often come in small packages,” said ESLC Land Protection Specialist Jared Parks. “The preservation of the 35-acre Jones property along Tuckahoe Creek connects two large swaths of protected lands and preserves an important riparian forest corridor that runs largely uninterrupted from the Choptank River north to Tuckahoe State Park.”

This forested property provides habitat for birds who dwell in the deep forest. Tuckahoe Creek is a tidal creek and most of the property is within the Maryland Critical Area.

One building exists on the property, and the easement allows for no subdivision. The forest will be managed with a forest stewardship plan, with a 100-foot forested buffer along Tuckahoe Creek.

“I’m glad to be able to do it,” said Jay Jones. “I never wanted to subdivide.”

The Maryland Environmental Trust and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy permanently protected 94 acres of woodlands along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway from development through a conservation easement.

The mostly wooded property near Chesapeake City was formerly farmland but has been allowed to succeed to woodland over several decades.

In addition to a forest, which supports birds who inhabit the forest interior, the property contains a portion of Herring Creek and several acres of wet meadows. The open space and forested land of the property are an integral part of the area’s rural, agricultural setting. The conservation easement will preserve the land’s scenic characteristics.

“MET is thrilled to help conservation-minded landowners protect their land with conservation easements,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “MET is grateful for this generous gift that protects Maryland’s Scenic Byway in Cecil County.”

Since it was founded in 1990, ESLC has helped protect more than 56,000 on 297 properties.