Annapolis, MD—At the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference in Ocean City, Governor Larry Hogan received the Open Space Executive Award from Partners for Open Space, a statewide coalition of environmental, agricultural, recreational and historic preservation organizations and the Maryland Association of County Park and Recreation Administrators (MACPRA).
“We are delighted to honor Governor Larry Hogan with special recognition, the Open Space Executive Award, to recognize Governor Hogan’s exemplary and unwavering leadership in conservation and open spaces in Maryland during his two terms as governor,” said Charlotte Davis, executive director of Rural Maryland, and Joel Dunn, president and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy. “Governor Hogan has fully funded the Open Space program in his budget year after year and prioritized conservation and outdoor recreation through the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission and the creation of the Maryland Office of Outdoors. Break. The state of open spaces in Maryland today and tomorrow is greatly improved thanks to Governor Hogan.
Governor’s conservation record includes fully funding the Open Space program – replenishing funds plundered by previous governors – expanding and making historic investments in Maryland’s state parks and creating the first office of State outdoor recreation. Since 2015, Program Open Space has permanently protected an additional 71,735 acres of open space, recreation and conservation land.
“In Maryland, our commitment to open spaces and conservation continues to set an example for the nation,” Governor Hogan said. “I am honored to receive this award from Partners for Open Space, and it has been a privilege to work with these organizations to advance our shared conservation and preservation goals. We are proud that responsible environmental stewardship is part of our administration’s legacy to improve Maryland.