PTLT partners with two other land trusts to preserve habitat along the Little Patuxent River
Oct 31, 2012 — The District of Columbia has donated a conservation easement on 250 acres of woods and wetlands fronting along the Little Patuxent River, in Anne Arundel County. PTLT will co-hold the easement along with Maryland Environmental Trust and Scenic Rivers Land Trust. The easement protects vital habitat directly upstream of the 12,841-acre Patuxent Research Refuge.
“This was a great opportunity for a three-fold partnership among the statewide MET and two local land trusts to ensure a powerful combination of technical expertise, boots-on-the-ground fieldwork, and a commitment to perpetual protection of a property that has significant conservation and education value to the southern Maryland/metro DC region,quot; commented Susan Charkes, Esq., Executive Director, PTLT.
The easement donation settles a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrative case involving underground storage tanks at Oak Hill, the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services facility in Laurel, MD.
A portion of the land trusts’ costs related to the easement donation were supported by a matching grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act program, which funds the protection of wetlands-associated migratory bird habitat.