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Contact: Andrew Landsman, 301-739-6072
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD –The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking interested applicants for the agricultural use of a 36-acre parcel of land in Washington County.The available parcel is referred to as the "Park Head Farm" and is located in Big Pool, Maryland.The land can be used for row crops and/or hay.Agricultural use permits will begin on April 15th, 2015 and will be issued for a one-year period.
The bidding process is open from 1 October through 31 October, 2014. All applications must be received or postmarked by 31 October, 2014. Application forms, maps, and other additional information are available by contacting Andrew Landsman at (301) 739-6072 or via email at Andrew_Landsman@nps.gov. Bid packages will be evaluated based upon the applicant's experience in agricultural operations, his/her ability to achieve park conservation goals for the location, and the proposed bid amount. Preference will be given to farmers that can demonstrate knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture and conservation practices. The minimum bid for this area is $55/acre.
Preserving the historic landscape associated with the C&O Canal is a vital part of the park's mission. In an effort to preserve the agricultural component of the historic landscape, the park manages these lands through a special use permitting program with local agricultural operators. Over 1,100 acres of hay, row crop and pasture lands in four counties are included in the program. In a continuing effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay and local watersheds, applicants will work closely with National Park Service staff to ensure conservation best management practices.