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MET Names New Graduate Intern

MET's new graduate intern, Kayla Anthony

MET’s new graduate intern, Kayla Anthony

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kayla Gail Anthony as its new graduate intern. Anthony is a graduate student in the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

“MET’s partnership with the University of Maryland provides interns an opportunity to enhance their graduate education with experience in the field,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “We are thrilled to have Kayla work with staff for the next nine months and assist with a variety of land trust projects. Her time spent at MET will be beneficial for the organization, as well as enhance her studies as a student in urban planning.”

Anthony will immediately begin working with NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, a partner land trust, to convert potential conservation land from “grey to green.” The goal is to identify up to 50 areas of parking as potential urban easements that could be de-paved and converted to natural open space.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to develop a conservation plan to convert impervious surface lots to open green space in Baltimore County,” said Anthony. “Conserving land in urban areas is a challenge, but one I look forward to tackling with MET and NeighborSpace.”

Anthony will work on many other projects during her  internship at MET, including research to calculate the reduction of runoff on easement properties by planting trees. In the spring, Anthony will serve as the legislative liaison during session, monitoring bills relative to MET’s mission.

The Maryland Environmental Trust was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly as a charitable organization and now serves as the statewide land trust. MET currently holds 1050 easements totaling over 129,000 acres in Maryland. Governed by a citizen board of trustees, MET is affiliated with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and promotes the permanent protection of land through its Conservation Easement, Stewardship and Land Trust Assistance Programs.