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Baltimore County Resident, Elizabeth Buxton to Lead Maryland Environmental Trust
Crownsville, Md. — The Maryland Environmental Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Buxton as their new Executive Director. Buxton has more than 15 years of experience working for non-profit conservation organizations and government agencies protecting and managing historic, cultural, scenic and natural resources.
“MET’s half-century leadership in protecting Maryland’s scenic landscapes will successfully continue with Mrs. Buxton at the organization’s helm,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “I commend the commitment and dedication of MET’s citizen board of directors in selecting a new executive director who has a clear personal passion and record of success in land conservation.”
Buxton previously worked as Development and Communications Director for Preservation Maryland and also served as Executive Director of Scenic Maryland. She brings considerable expertise of administration, strategic planning and fundraising.
"The board of directors is excited about having Elizabeth serve as executive director. Her strong background in non-profit management and knowledge of preservation and conservation issues uniquely qualifies her to guide the Maryland Environmental Trust," said board of directors Chairman K. King Burnett.
Buxton plans to raise the profile of MET and ensure a broader understanding of its mission and expertise offered to property owners and local land trusts. She will also focus on a long-range strategic plan to strengthen MET’s services to local land trusts in order to increase both the number and quality of conservation easements in Maryland.
“I fully expect my work at MET to be the most challenging and fulfilling of my career,” Buxton said of joining MET “I look forward to working with the citizens of Maryland, local land trusts and other conservation organizations across the state to protect our valuable natural and cultural resources.”
Buxton is a graduate of the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She lives in Baltimore County with her husband and two children.
A statewide land trust governed by a citizen board of trustees, The Maryland Environmental Trust, was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly to preserve privately owned farm and forest lands and significant natural resources. MET is one of the oldest and most successful land trusts in the country. It holds more than 950 easements and has protected over 117,900 acres across the state. MET promotes the protection of open land through its Land Conservation Program, Monitoring and Stewardship Program and Local Land Trust Assistance Program. MET also provides grants to environmental education projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program.
November 17, 2008
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.