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ESLC Seeks Immediate Conservation Buyer for Cecil Farm

 Queenstown, Maryland – March 10, 2009 – Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC), a private, nonprofit land conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of farmland and habitat on the Eastern Shore has announced its intention to protect 355 acres of farmland from development. ESLC  has arranged a 45-day option contract to purchase Browning Creek Farm, and is seeking an immediate  Conservation Buyer to then accept the Agreement of Sale. Offers are due by the close of business on March 20, 2009.

 Located in southern Cecil County, Maryland along Route 213 (Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway), and known locally as “Needmore” and the “Pumpkin Shell,” Browning Creek Farm consists of 355 acres, including approximately 220 acres of tillable ground, 65 acres of grassland, and 60 acres of forest.  The address of the farm is 5224 Augustine Herman Highway, Earleville, Maryland. It is located across the road from a 1600-acre block of preserved land, including Anchorage Farm, which ESLC helped protect in 2001. Browning Creek Farm has about 3,800 feet of scenic frontage along Chesapeake Country, and a tributary of the Bohemia River borders the entire back of the property, providing scenic water views and an important forested riparian corridor for wildlife habitat and water quality.

 This is ESLC’s second attempt to protect the farm. Plans to purchase the farm in 2007 and transfer that contract to a conservation buyer were unsuccessful. Browning Creek Farm, under its current ownership, received preliminary plat approval last summer for 47 residential lots, which is the reason for ESLC’s continued efforts to buy and protect the farm.  After transfer to a conservation buyer, a conservation easement will be purchased on the property, so the farm will be permanently preserved.

 “This is such a special property for Cecil County and we are really grateful for the second chance to protect it,” said Vikram Krishnamurthy, ESLC Interim Director of Land Conservation. “This peaceful and productive property epitomizes the scenic rural character of Cecil County and the Chesapeake Country Byway corridor, so protecting it forever would be a major victory for Cecil residents and visitors.”

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