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MET Hosts Statewide Land Conservation Conference On May 15

Conference to focus on saving land and the Chesapeake Bay

MET Hosts Statewide Land Conservation Conference on May 15

Columbia, Md. (April 17, 2012) – The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) invites land trusts and land conservation organizations to this year’s Maryland Land Conservation Conference, Saving Land ─ Saving the Chesapeake on Tuesday, May 15 in Columbia. This event will feature a full day of educational sessions addressing the many challenges facing land conservationists throughout the State.

“Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 50 land trusts from across the region, as well as other professionals in the fields of historic preservation, heritage tourism, organizational development, land stewardship, sustainability and design,” said MET Land Trust Assistance Coordinator, Kate Mahood. 

The event will kick-off with keynote speaker, Howard County Executive, Ken Ulman, followed by a discussion on Thinking Landscape: Beyond Random Acts of Conservation.The conference will also provide interested land trusts with specific support and training, and the opportunity to collaborate with partner organizations to leverage resources to help save land and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Session topics include:

  • Stewardship Obligations: Tools & Techniques 
  • Capacity Building for Land Trusts
  • Large Landscape Plans for the Chesapeake
  • IRS – Care:  Get Proactive,  Get Informed – IRS Audits, IRS Litigation, Preparing Landowners and Land Trusts 
  • Conserving Urban Open Space 
  • Preparing for Accreditation 
  • Understanding Total Maximum Daily Loads & Watershed Implementation Plans
  • Land Trust Collaboration and Communications

The conference will conclude with the MET annual awards ceremony, featuring a special dinner and celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. with the sounds of WAMMY, award winner Esther Haynes, Keith Grimes and friends.

The public is welcome to attend this event. Tickets are $60 per person and include all meals and admission to the MET awards ceremony and celebration. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 15 and will be held at the new LEED Certified Robinson Nature Center at 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, Md. 21044.  More information and online registration is available at conservemd.org or dnr.maryland.gov/met. Advanced registration is required by May 11.

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) serves as the statewide land trust and is governed by a citizen board of trustees which represent all regions of the state.   MET was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly and is affiliated with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. MET is one of the oldest and most successful land trusts in the country and holds over 1000 conservation easements protecting over 127,000 acres of scenic open space, forest and farm land. MET promotes the protection of open land through its Land Conservation Program, Monitoring and Stewardship Program and Land Trust Assistance Program. MET also provides grants to environmental education projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program. For more information, visit the website dnr.maryland.gov/met.


   April 17, 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