A grant of $485,062 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Rural Legacy program has been awarded to the Manor Rural Legacy area. This program is designed to preserve large blocks of contiguous open space that are among the State’s most valuable because of the existence of a multitude of agricultural, forestry, natural and cultural resources.
To protect these resources, the Rural Legacy Program, acting through local government or private land trust sponsors, purchases conservation easements or fee simple interests in real property from willing property owners, based on Rural Legacy Plans that have been reviewed by the Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and approved by the Rural Legacy Board. The Manor Area is one of fourteen grants totaling $10 million to protect approximately 2,890 acres throughout the state, including $960,000 for the Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area. The Manor joins the Gunpowder Rural Legacy area to the west and extends across the Harford and Baltimore County boundary.