Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is pleased to announce closing on a new conservation easement! The easement, completed in partnership with the U.S. Army and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), protects 441 acres of agricultural land and critical species habitat with scenic value, off Back Creek and McGill Creek in Cecil County.
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, which protects a property’s agricultural viability, natural habitat, rural heritage, and/or scenic open space in perpetuity.
This easement is one of several in the Grove Neck area of Cecil County, and it serves as home to the federally threatened Puritan tiger beetle (Cicindela puritana). ESLC’s efforts to protect land along the mouth of the Sassafrass River continues to put the recovery of the Puritan Tiger beetle in reach.
The newly preserved property is the Bracebridge Hall location for Recovery Centers of America (RCA), whose mission is to save 1 million lives from the disease of addiction using evidence-based practices and clinical expertise to deliver quality patient care tailored to individual patients’ needs. The property is 530 acres in total, with 89 acres of unprotected land to allow for the expansion of Bracebridge Hall’s buildings as necessary for operations.
Read the full Press Release on 441 Acres Preserved in Cecil County for Addiction Recovery