Applaud Plans to Conserve Historic Chesapeake Bay

Target: Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland

Goal: Thank Gov. O’Malley for supporting plans to revitalize and conserve land along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

Along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, backed by a landscape of rural farmland, the Eastern Shore proudly displays historic buildings that date back to the colonial age. With the recent expanse of suburban growth, the Shore is facing severe building development pressure from the Washington and Baltimore area. Fortunately, Governor O’Malley has allocated for $1 million to go towards building the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, which is part of a larger plan to bring vitality to the historic town. Thank Governor O’Malley for supporting the green movement in this concrete manner and making conservation a top priority.

Developers have teamed up with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) to renovate the dilapidated McCord laundry building in order to supply ample office space for a number of nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1990, the ESLC has worked to protect and sustain the biological productivity of the Eastern Shore as well as the lands and waters surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. Having already preserved more than 52,000 acres of land, the ESLC is considered one of the most successful land conservancies in the country.

Implementing a space for nonprofit organizations in the old McCord Building is just one part of Eastern Shore’s redevelopment project. The condition of the existing unoccupied buildings is an eye sore that can potentially be a breeding ground for crime or possible property damage. If the project is successful, more than 50 jobs would be provided in downtown Easton, stimulating the revitalization of the neighborhood.

Finalization on plans for creating the Conservation Center in the newly renovated McCord building is set for April 2013. By that time, the ESLC must have raised funding of about $5.5 million to purchase and restore the McCord building. Fully committed to this project, the ESLC has already begun fund raising from the state and local governments as well as the community at large. Thank Governor O’Malley for allocating $1 million towards the development of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton, MD.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor O’Malley,

By taking the initiative towards supporting conservation and restoring the historic towns of the Eastern Shore, you have allowed for new jobs, including nonprofit jobs, and invited a new vitality into the neighborhood. I recognize that your allocation of $1 million is an important step forward in collaboration with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy to renovate the old McCord laundry building.

Transforming the Eastern Shore from vacant, dilapidated buildings into a usable, green environment highlighted by the Conservation Center will not only promote conservation but will also increase local economic wellbeing. Thank you for your commitment to conservation and I urge you to continue to allocate the appropriate funds for future projects to promote environmental awareness in your neighborhood and surrounding cities.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mr. T in DC via flickr

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