Governor says TU-developed program will become 'centerpiece of state's conservation efforts'
TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 10, 2008)—Last week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the state’s plans to buy five large tracts of forest, farmland and waterfront—more than 9,200 acres in Cecil, Charles, St. Mary's and Worcester counties. The state paid more than $71 million to preserve the tracts from development and to enhance public access to the Chesapeake Bay. O'Malley also unveiled GreenPrint, an Internet-based mapping system developed by TU’s Center for GIS, that identifies Maryland’s environmentally valuable lands.
GreenPrint can identify every parcel of land in the state, showing where open space has been preserved and where the state wants to acquire the most environmentally important land. It also provides detailed information about recent state purchases.
The GreenPrint map can zoom into lot-by-lot land use while also providing detailed information about recent state purchases, which should help local officials in making growth plans.
“Developing GreenPrint took a great deal of planning, brainstorming, technical work and enthusiasm.” said Ardys Russakis, CGIS operations officer. “Numerous people at CGIS contributed their creativity, innovative thoughts and tireless efforts to this endeavor.”
O’Malley said the mapping program will become the centerpiece of the state's conservation efforts. “[GreenPrint] puts more information in the hands of more people,” O’Malley said, and will help target how to “use precious conservation dollars."
“We need information, we need to understand where we are, where we’ve been, to inform us of where we need to go," added U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.