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MET Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Event

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Lothian, Md. (July 12, 2012) ─ The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on June 23 at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary to recognize its volunteers for their dedicated service to the organization and commitment toward land stewardship.

“This event is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the dedicated volunteers who assist MET staff with monitoring conservation easement properties across the State,” said Director Elizabeth Buxton.

As the statewide land trust, MET is responsible for protecting the approximately 1,000 easement properties in perpetuity ─ and the volunteers are a vital part of that mission. A trained crew of more than 20 volunteers have been part of MET’s Stewardship Program for the past nine years, making it possible to annually inspect Maryland’s easements.

As they visit properties, volunteers help address landowner questions about invasive species, erosion control or buffer plantings by referring queries to MET staff. Throughout the past year, volunteers visited 144 easements and monitored over 13,600 acres across the State, logging over 200 hours toward the completion of baseline projects.

MET takes its stewardship responsibility seriously and conducts regular inspections of protected lands to observe changes and to communicate with landowners. Its volunteers provide boots on the ground monitoring assistance as the inventory of protected lands grow. Volunteers also enable MET staff to efficiently allocate its stewardship resources.

Citizens interested in volunteering for MET should contact Michelle Johnson at mjohnson@dnr.state.md.us or 410-514-7908.

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly. MET is a statewide land trust that is governed by a citizen board of trustees and affiliated with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. MET holds over 1000 conservation easements protecting over 128,000 acres of scenic open space, forest and farm land. MET promotes the protection of open space through its Easement Program, 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

After the picnic, volunteers enjoyed a beautiful afternoon exploring the flora and fauna of Jug Bay, and discussing the ecology of the wetlands, on either a guided canoe trip along the Patuxent River or a naturalist-led hike through the sanctuary and along the Marsh Boardwalk Trail.


   July 12, 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