The Republican points out that 770 acres of land are currently protected in Garrett County through the Maryland Environmental Trust. There lots of good reasons, including tax incentives, to place land in the program. More details on ‘how it works’ can be found here.
From the DNR Press Release:
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland’s forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland’s effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s number one environmental priority. Learn more at http://www.DNR.Maryland.gov.