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The Maryland Environmental Trust Hosts Maryland Land Trust Alliance Conference May 27

Crownsville, MD (May 10, 2010) — The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) will host the annual Maryland Land Trust Alliance Conference, the only state-wide land conservation conference and training workshop for land trusts, May 27 at the Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center in Reisterstown.

Rand Wentworth, President of the Land Trust Alliance, will be the keynote speaker. The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. It is the national convener, strategist, and representative of more than 1,600 land trusts across America.

Workshops and information sessions will be offered on a variety of topics including fundraising, federal and state policy, land-use planning and conservation, and restoration opportunities. MET will also present its annual land trust awards and grants.

The cost to register is $45, which includes a full day of sessions, lunch and field trips.

Please visit for program details and online registration.

This conference was made possible with additional support from The Conservation Fund, The Trust for Public Land, and The Land Trust Alliance.

   May 10, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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