ESLC celebrates nearly 300 easements

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is closing on its 299th easement, preserving land seen here in the Still Pond area in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Compatible Use Buffer program and the Maryland Environmental Trust.

STILL POND — Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has announced closing on a conservation easement in Kent County.

The easement, completed in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Compatible Use Buffer program and the Maryland Environmental Trust, protects acres of productive agricultural land and natural woodlands along Still Pond Creek, according to a news release.

Additionally, by protecting their farm, the grantors, Still Pond Preserve LLC, have preserved scenic view shed along the Still Pond Creek, Clark Road and Bessicks Corner Road for all to enjoy for generations to come, the release states.

Still Pond Preserve has a mix of farmland, forests and streams in an area that is prime for the ACUB program, in which the Army works with partners on land conservation and the prevention of development of critical open areas.

These partnerships preserve high-value habitat as well as cultural and historic resources, and limits incompatible development in the vicinity of military installations, the release states. The program also allows private landowners to realize financial incentives and tax benefits.

This easement is number 299 for ESLC, which is on track to close its 300th by the end of the calendar year.

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