ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — About 950 acres in Talbot County has been donated to Maryland’s Program Open Space. An agreement was approved Wednesday by the Board of Public Works.

State officials are describing the donation as the first donated public access easement in the history of the program. The land is being donated by former Anne Arundel County Executive Bob Pascal and Reinecke Fuchs Inc.

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The Department of Natural Resources says the easement on the Point Pleasant property will protect valuable forest and farm land. It also will maintain or establish more than eight miles of riparian buffers to protect water quality in the Choptank River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Visitors will be able to hike or horseback on the land and kayak on its waters through coordinated and controlled access.

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