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MET Accepting Applications For 2012 Awards

Applications due March 31

Crownsville, Md. (February 23, 2012) - The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is now accepting applications for its annual awards, celebrating successes in land conservation in Maryland. The awards are funded by MET in partnership with the Maryland State Highway Administration. The winners will be announced at the Maryland Land Conservation Conference on May 15, 2012.

“The Aileen Hughes and Jan Hollmann Awards are top honors for conservationists and the local land trusts they represent,” said Elizabeth Buxton, MET Director. “It’s exciting to be able to honor the memory of two great environmental leaders and at the same time recognize current endeavors and successes in Maryland’s land conservation movement.”

The Aileen Hughes Award honors an individual demonstrating outstanding leadership, partnership and innovation within a Maryland Land Trust. The award is given annually to celebrate the successful completion of a land conservation project within the past two years, and may include activities such as land transactions, outreach and community education, land management and legislative achievement.

The award is given in memory of the life of Aileen Hughes, a respected advocate for Maryland conservation. Hughes, a past president of the American Chestnut Land Trust, supported women’s and civil rights and worked to protect Maryland’s natural and cultural resources.

MET presents the Jan Hollmann Award annually to acknowledge impressive accomplishments by a qualified Maryland Land Trust striving to conserve land and steward existing land conservation easements. Preference is given to applications from land trusts that are: newly organized; in geographic areas with high potential for many easement donations; implementing ‘Land Trust Standards and Practices;’ and/or seeking assistance towards accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

The Award celebrates the life of Jan Hollmann who exemplified citizen leadership of land trusts in the State. She cofounded the Severn River Land Trust and the Arundel Conservation Trust, and was a member of the Severn River Commission. Hollmann was named: Izaac Walton League’s Conservationist of the Year in 1989, and the Capital Gazette’s 1990 Person of the Year.

Applications are available at dnr.maryland.gov/met/land_trusts.asp. The deadline to apply is March 31. Completed documents, additional information and any questions maybe directed to Kate Mahood at kmahood@dnr.state.md.us.

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 1030 conservation easements protecting over 128,000 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 www.dnr.maryland.gov/met.


   February 23, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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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