Maryland General Assembly

Environmentalists push to improve conservation law: 'The most forested areas are the least protected'

Environmentalists push to improve conservation law: 'The most forested areas are the least protected'

Catherine Campinos wonders if she should have known her favorite woods were destined to be cleared.

As Campinos and best friend Elaine Reinhold walked their dogs along a shady, verdant path beneath the brush and leaves just south of Lake Linganore, they could feel asphalt underfoot.

But it was nonetheless a shock for the Frederick County women last year when dozens of acres of the forest disappeared to make way for shops, townhomes and apartments now under construction near Interstate 70 east of Frederick. The development consummates a vision for an idyllic community laid in the late 1960s, halfway realized through the early 1990s, but then long stalled, leaving traces such as...

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