On the Wild Side!
E-Newsletter for the Chesapeake Bay Field Office

 

Mature Forest Protected; South River Greenway Grows

Top 2 photos: Views of Hidden View Farm. . Bottom, Hikers enjoy a city park near the newly-protected property. Photos by Alyssa Domzal, South River Land Trust
Views of Hidden View Farm. Photos by Alyssa Domzal, South River Land Trust.
Hiker enjoy a city park near the newly-protected property. Photo Alyssa Domzal

On December 17, 2009, Scenic Rivers Land Trust (SRLT) and the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) finalized a conservation easement on the privately-owned property, known as Hidden View Farm, preventing future development on the property.

This action permanently protects, in its natural state, 61 acres of mature, contiguous forest, and preserves the property’s ecological functions and natural features, which include regionally important bird habitat, a 450-year-old white oak tree, and stunning views of Bacon Ridge Branch and the South River.

Hidden View Farm forms part of a greater conservation initiative in the area known as the South River Greenway. The South River Greenway is the result of a partnership among local landowners, The Scenic Rivers Land Trust, The South River Federation, The Trust For Public Land, Biophilia Foundation, Anne Arundel County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office
The Greenway encompasses four watersheds that drain into the South River, and protects habitat for forest interior nesting migratory birds and provides a permanent forested buffer to benefit aquatic species in the South River and Chesapeake Bay. The Greenway may also provide a network of trails to serve the region’s recreational needs.

Staff continues to explore other ways to protect and expand the greenway, like a park owned by the city of Annapolis that may eventually link to other publically-owned land for extensive trail connections.

This accomplishment adds to the more than 1,500 acres that has been preserved in Anne Arundel County, demonstrating the important role private landowners play in

preserving natural space.

For more information contact:

Alyssa Domzal
South River Greenway Coordinator
410/424-4000
alyssa@srlt.org

Rich Mason
410/573-4584
rich_mason@fws.gov

Janet Norman
410/573-4533
janet_norman@fws.gov

 

Last updated: September 22, 2009