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MET Announces New ‘Conservation Land for Sale’ Webpage

Crownsville, Md. (January 19, 2012) – The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) opened the Conservation Land for Sale webpage, a new service for land trusts and landowners that is dedicated exclusively to marketing conserved properties.

“MET is pleased to provide a resource to conservation buyers and sellers in Maryland,” said Elizabeth Buxton, MET Director. “Helping landowners sell land that is protected with a conservation easement is a real niche and MET wants to fill that need.”

The website will feature rural properties, including scenic farmland, forest and historic sites. All of the lands featured are protected by a conservation easement and are up for sale by the owner or a real estate agent. This service is free and properties can be listed for up to 90 days or until the property is sold.

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on their property while retaining private ownership of the land. The easement is recorded and goes with the land when it sells. The easement donor, usually a land trust, holds the easement and ensures that the terms are upheld in perpetuity.

MET serves as the statewide land trust and holds more than 1,030 easements totaling over 127,000 acres of scenic open space, forests and working farms across the State. MET partners with more than 50 other lands trust and conservation organizations and often co-holds easements on land. 

A land trust is a nonprofit organization that actively works to conserve land by assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition and by its stewardship of such land or easements. They work with landowners and the community to conserve land by accepting land donations, purchasing land, negotiating conservation agreements and stewarding conserved land through the generations to come.

A statewide land trust governed by a citizen board of trustees and affiliated with the Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Environmental Trust was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly. MET is one of the oldest and most successful land trusts in the country. MET promotes the protection of open land through its Land Conservation Program, Stewardship Program and Local Land Trust Assistance Program. MET also provides grants to environmental education projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program. For more information on MET, visit dnr.maryland.gov/met/.

To view current listings or for an application form, visit the Conservation Land for Sale webpage located at dnr.maryland.gov/met/property_listings.asp.


   January 19, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million 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 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. 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