MET Hosts Meeting for Maryland Land Trusts
On November 19, the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) hosted a roundtable luncheon at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center for local and regional land trust representatives and others interested in discussing land conservation issues. This event was the first in a series of quarterly roundtable discussions top be hosted by MET and featured guest speaker, Andy Loza, Director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.
Loza spoke on topics including Funding Options for Stewardship, as well as Transfer Fees for Stewardship, a concept that he has researched and written about extensively. Loza, serving in his current position since 2000, has led public policy initiatives, helped develop model easements and other technical guidance, and implemented various assistance, training and education programs to advance conservation.
Many land trusts in other states use transfer fees to fund, and often times fully fund, conservation easement stewardship. Land trusts are now more aware than ever that the actual costs of stewardship and legal defense are significant. Granting landowners are limited in their ability to pay to fully fund all stewardship and legal defense expenses for a conservation easement of fee donation. More land trusts are exploring transfer fees as an additional tool to help close this funding gap.
MET plans to host quarterly roundtable meetings, as part of its Land Trust Assistance Program, to provide technical assistance, educational workshops and financial support to more than 50 land trusts in Maryland. Information on these events will be released as it becomes available.
For more information about MET Land Trust Assistance Program and future land trust roundtable meetings, contact Kevin Bull at 410-514-7915 or KBull@dnr.state.md.us.