Maryland Environmental Trust


Contact: Liz Buxton, MET Director

MET Names New Conservation Easement Steward

Crownsville, Md. (Dec 11, 2013) The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Funches as its new Conservation Easement Steward.

Michelle Funches Funches will be assisting the Stewardship Program staff and local land trusts with monitoring easements properties. MET partners with over 40 land trusts and co-holds nearly three-quarters of its easements. Ms. Funches will immediately begin coordinating monitoring efforts on those properties and will assist MET with compliance issues. With every easement MET agrees to hold, it assumes the responsibility of annual monitoring of each property to ensure the terms of the easements are up held in perpetuity.

“I am excited to begin working with the MET staff, local land trusts, and landowners in their collective efforts to protect our State’s scenic, cultural and natural resources for future generations,” said Funches. We are thrilled to have someone with her background as a member of our staff, say Liz Buxton, Director, of MET.

Michelle Funches received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from University of Maryland in 2005. This past May, she received two Master’s Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She previously worked on park mapping projects for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. Funches is a lifelong resident of Maryland and resides in Prince George’s County.

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly and is affiliated with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Governed by a citizen board of trustees which represent all regions of the state, MET is now one of the oldest and most successful land trusts in the country and hold more than 1,070 conservation easements protecting over 129,000 acres of scenic open space, forest and farmland. For more information on MET programs, please visit the website