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Maryland Environmental Trust To Host Land Trust Conference In May

Crownsville, Md. (April 12, 2011) - 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, on May 13 and 14.

“The conference provides training on best practices in land trust management, land transactions and stewardship,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “It offers a forum for learning about the most pressing issues facing land conservation today.”

The two-day event will be held at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt in Towson located in Baltimore County. The conference costs $70 and includes educational sessions, field trips and an inaugural board member congress. This year’s annual conference will offer a variety of sessions on: emerging trends in climate change, restoration opportunities for land owners, bridging land conservation and historic preservation, and new partnerships in land conservation and accreditation of land trusts. To register for the event or to get further information, visit

A feature workshop is the Soulful Landscape – Creative Ways to Connect People, Place and Community by Erica Wheeler. Erica, a Maryland native, is nationally recognized for using her landscape memories to tell stories of place and belonging. Erica’s work helps kindle passion for inspiring and engaging others through writing and arts to care about the places land trusts protect. See a video of her Maryland experiences at

Land trust board members will gather for the first annual Board Member Congress on May 14. This is an opportunity for board members to meet, share experiences and talk with keynote speaker, Nick Dilks of the Chesapeake Conservancy. Mr. Dilks will highlight the Chesapeake Conservancy efforts to improve the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay including promoting and accelerating the progress being made to preserve the Bay’s lands.

The conference will conclude with a Land Conservation Celebration with a finale concert by Eric Wheeler, an awards ceremony and luncheon.

For more information contact Beki Howey, MET Land Trust Assistance Coordinator at or 410-514-7915.

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, Monitoring and 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, visit the website

   April 12, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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