As one of the oldest and most successful land trusts in the country, the Maryland Environmental Trust holds over 1,100 conservation easements preserving over 140,000 acres statewide.
From the Chesapeake Bay to the mountains of Garrett County, our Land Conservation, Monitoring and Stewardship, and Land Trust Assistance Programs promote the protection of open land. We also provide grants to environmental education projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program.
Maryland Environmental Trust works with landowners, local communities, and land trusts to protect Maryland's most treasured landscapes and natural resources as a legacy for future generations. We accomplish this work by providing direct assistance, information and innovative tools to ensure the ongoing stewardship and public concern for the natural, historic, and scenic resources of the state.
Our 50+ Year History
In 2017 MET celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Maryland General Assembly established Maryland Environmental Trust in 1967 as a free-standing agency with its own board of trustees. Today, as a valued unit of the
Department of Natural Resources, MET continues to works with local land trusts, governmental partners and Maryland citizens to protect land forever.
MET’s purpose was, and still is, twofold: to conserve and maintain Maryland’s natural, agricultural, scenic, and cultural resources for future generations; and to inspire and engage the public to take responsibility for care of these natural resources that sustain all Marylanders.