Eden Mill Center
“[The purchase] ensures that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled beauty and serenity of the natural valley that surrounds Eden Mill.”
In a collaborative effort that illustrates how non-profits and government can work together for the public good, Harford County, the State of Maryland, and the Harford Land Trust purchased a 44-acre parcel adjoining Eden Mill Nature Center in Pylesville, Maryland in 2008.
Harford Land Trust negotiated the terms of the agreement between the Vaughn family, including Jeffrey Vaughn, Jim and Kim Vaughn, and Vicki Dowling, and a partnership of the State of Maryland’s Program Open Space and the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation.
The property includes more than 30 heavily wooded acres as well as one-half mile of stream bank along Big Branch Creek, which is consistent with the water protection strategies outlined in the County’s Deer Creek Watershed Restoration Action Strategy.
“This collaboration goes far beyond the individuals and organizations that facilitated the purchase: it ensures that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled beauty and serenity of the natural valley that surrounds Eden Mill.”Frank Marsden, Eden Mill Director
In March 2008, the State Board of Public Works approved state funding of $671,000 for the initiative, of which $375,000 came from the Program Open Space state share and the remaining $276,000 came from the Program Open Space local share allocated to Harford County. Closing the gap of the appraised value, the Harford Land Trust contributed $64,000 from its Hegeman Land Preservation Fund.
“We are pleased the Board of Public Works supported us with this project to enhance the Eden Mill Nature Center and Park. The acquisition of this property will add to the beauty of Eden Mill.”David Craig, Harford County Executive
The Harford Land Trust Board of Directors felt its financial contribution and commitment of its staff time for negotiations were well within its mission of helping landowners, private and public, to conserve land and protect the natural resources, scenic beauty, rural character, and a healthy way of life in Harford County.
“I’m very excited that we have played a critical rule in the preservation of this property. Nearly doubling the Nature Center in size, it will provide expanded opportunities for school children, families, canoeists, hikers, and birders to learn about our natural world and grow in appreciation and respect.”Harry Webster, Harford Land Trust President
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