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Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust acquires new easement

Lexington Park, MD - After several years of work PTLT (Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust) had a settlement on the 286 acre Schillinger property on Hermanville Rd in Lexington Park on the 28th of April.

Funding for the purchase of the easement, which removed development rights from the property and imposed conservation restrictions and restrictions ensuring compatibility with flight operations at Patuxent River Naval Air Station came from St. Mary's County, from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of the State of Maryland through the Rural Legacy Program, and from the U.S. Navy through the DoD REPI program. PTLT will co-hold this easement with the Navy and DNR.

The purchase of the environmental easement from the Schillingers makes it possible for this land to remain as a farm. The Norris family was then able to afford to acquire the land immediately after the easement purchase, buying directly from the Schillinger family.

The Norris' were thrilled to finally be able to close, and to do so in time to do their spring planting.

PTLT now has conserved over 5000 acres of land - in perpetuity - protecting it from development and keeping it as farm and forest!

Thanks to Cindy Greb, executive director of Southern Maryland RC&D, for managing this complicated easement purchase and to Bill McKissock of Dugan McKissock and Longmore for managing the legal closing issues.

~Frank Allen, President of PTLT (Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust)

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