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August 14, 2013

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Southern Maryland Landowners Invited to Conservation Workshop

by Martha
When: Tuesday, September 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: 15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville
Who: Landowners of Southern Maryland
Cost: Free
RSVP: Greg Bowen at gbowen@smadc.com or 301-274-1922 ext. 1
 

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission invite those who want to protect land in Southern Maryland to join them for a workshop.

Guests will learn about the federal, State and local tax benefits available to them if they choose to donate their land through a conservation easement to MET, the statewide land trust. Presenters will also provide information on other State and county land preservation programs.

Light refreshments will be served. RVSP by August 28.

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    1. debbie spraker
      Aug 21 2013

      Ca you tell me the minimum amount of land that I can donate for conservation easement?

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      • kking
        Aug 21 2013

        Dear Ms. Spraker,

        The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is the statewide land trust and works with landowners to permanently protect scenic open space and natural resources, primarily with donated conservation easements. This legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust restricts the future uses of the landowner’s property and ensures that natural, scenic and/or working landscape features of the property are protected forever. The easement applies to all future owners of the property and limits such things as the amount of subdivision that is allowed on a property, or the number of houses that may be built and may require a forest stewardship plan. Conservation easements are tailored to fit a landowner’s individual situation and unique features of each property and MET staff work together with land owner to finalize the terms of the easement. There are federal and state tax benefits that may be available to landowners who donate a qualified easement to a land trust.

        Generally, MET will accept donations of conservation easements on parcels of 25 acres or more but does consider easements on less than 25 acres if certain criteria are met.

        Please see our website http://www.dnr.state.md.us/met/land_conservation.asp for more information on MET’s conservation program policy (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/met/pdfs/conservation_easement_policy.pdf).

        To find out if a MET conservation easement matches your goals and if your property is eligible for our program contact the MET Conservation Easement Planner (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/met/contact.asp) for your county.
        Thank you for your interest in MET.

        Elizabeth Buxton
        Director
        Maryland Environmental Trust
        100 Community Place, First Floor
        Crownsville, Maryland 21032
        410-514-7903/410-279-0363 (cell)
        dnr.maryland.gov/met

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