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December 18, 2012

MET Names New Land Trust Assistance Coordinator

by Martha
Michelle Johnson, MET's new Land Trust Assistance Coordinator

Michelle Johnson, MET’s new Land Trust Assistance Coordinator

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) announces the appointment of Michelle Johnson as its new Land Trust Assistance Coordinator. The Land Trust Assistance Program, one of MET’s core programs, provides technical assistance and support to more than 50 nonprofit land conservation groups focused on preserving scenic open space, forests and farmland in Maryland.

“The land trusts, many of which are all-volunteer organizations, are our partners in land conservation, serving as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community and often co-holding easements and sharing stewardship responsibilities on protected lands,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton.

Johnson will coordinate activities and services for the land trust community, which includes training participants to improve their conservation programs. Johnson will immediately begin planning MET’s largest annual event, the statewide Maryland Land Conservation Conference, to be held in Linthicum on April 23, 2013.

Michelle Johnson has served as MET’s Volunteer Program Coordinator since 2009. She received her B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Environmental Science and Policy. Johnson, a Talbot County resident, is a member of the Chesapeake Outdoor Group and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

“This is a welcomed opportunity to continue my work with MET and to assist the dedicated staff and volunteers who make up the land trust community of Maryland,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to tackling new challenges as we continue our collaborative efforts to conserve the scenic, natural and historic resources in Maryland.”

For more information about the Land Trust Assistance Program or the Maryland Land Conservation Conference, citizens may contact Michelle Johnson at mjohnson@dnr.state.md.us.

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 1,040 conservation easements protecting over 129,000 acres of scenic open space, forest and farmland. For more information on MET programs, please visit the website dnr.maryland.gov/met.

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