TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced on Friday that offers have been made to preserve five farms in Baltimore County through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation.
The farms total more than 500 acres and include a 119 acre horse farm that provides greater water quality protection and a 169 acre crop farm that has extensive forest that border the Prettyboy Reservoir properties which plays a role in the protection of the Metropolitan Drinking Water system that supplies more than 1.6 million people.
“Land preservation is critically important to the future of Baltimore County. Each new easement is an accomplishment illustrating the dedication of landowners, creative partnerships of land trusts and government agencies, and financial support of the County citizenry,” Olszewski said.
Baltimore County has more than 66,000 acres of land preserved not including the 561 acres when the easements for these farms settle.