Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce that the Chesterville/Morgan Creek District of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area was selected this year by Preservation Maryland as one of the Six-to-Fix important places to preserve. This award recognizes Kent County for the work the citizens and the County Government have done to preserve their cultural landscape and the challenges of balancing renewable energy sprawl against loss of this important landscape.
Kent County remains a truly picturesque rural, historic landscape, but recently, solar and wind farms have been proposed, which could drastically alter the look and feel of the region. Hundreds of acres could eventually be converted to this new use. While no one questions that clean energy is necessary for a more sustainable future, it should not come at the expense of the state’s history and heritage.
Preservation Maryland will work with our Eastern Shore partners, including the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance to better understand the threats to Maryland’s historic landscape while offering alternative solutions and locations to produce renewable energy. We will also work with our partners in the Environmental community, including 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, to identify common ground between the environmental and historic preservation community.
Preservation Maryland’s class of 2016 Six-to-Fix projects were revealed to a packed room on Thursday, October 13th at the Maryland Zoo’s historic Mansion House. Six-to-Fix, an innovative impact-focused program, is designed to help provide real solutions to big preservation challenges. For 2016, the 85-year old statewide organization selected six strategic projects with a variety of needs: from hands-on clean-ups to disaster response to cultural landscape advocacy and complex building reuse and rehabilitation planning.