In 1969, the Maryland legislature passed Program Open Space into law,
providing a means to protect farmland across the state. The program collects a
fraction of a percent of the transfer tax paid when Maryland residents sell a
home or piece of property to pay for farmland and open space protection, parks
and recreation needs. Program Open Space is beautiful in its simplicity,
keeping pace with state growth and development and tying together a strong
coalition of interests committed to the state’s natural and recreational
administrations and legislatures frequently raided the funds. While some money
has been paid back, an astonishing billion dollars has not been used to protect
land as intended. Governor Martin O’Malley faithfully supported full funding
for farm and other land protection in previous budgets, but this year he
proposed $60 million be diverted to the general fund and the General Assembly may divert even more.
has lost more than 286,000 acres of farmland to development!
programs, like Program Open Space, are crucial to the health and viability of
agriculture and to the state as a whole.
Contact your state
Senator today and tell them NO
CUTS to Program Open Space.
Support Maryland's Farmland Protection Funding: Say No to Cuts to Program Open Space
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]