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October 9, 2013

MET Celebrates Land Conservation in Baltimore County

by Martha
Guests at MET Farm to Table dinner at Tyrconnell in Baltimore County

Guests at MET Farm to Table dinner at Tyrconnell in Baltimore County

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Land Trust Alliance celebrated land conservation in Maryland at a Farm to Table dinner last Saturday at Tyrconnell, a MET easement property located on 27 scenic acres overlooking Lake Roland in Baltimore County. More than 100 guests enjoyed a locally-sourced dinner prepared by Waterfront Kitchen Chef Jerry Pellegrino and local wine and beer.

“MET plays an important role in permanently protecting natural, historic and scenic resources through donated conservation easements,” said MET chairman James R. O’Connell. “We are proud of the success MET has seen in the last 47 years.”

Daniel Beard, MET Development Committee Chairman and David Cooper, Vice President of the Land Trust Alliance, addressed the importance of building relationships and coming together to utilize talents and resources for land conservation efforts. Guests were invited to tour the historic mansion and grounds overlooking Lake Roland and stroll along the quarter-mile allée that featured formal gardens designed by the landscape architect Arthur Folsom Paul.

Tyrconnell was originally built in 1826 for the O’Donnell family who moved here from Baltimore City where they lived on a 1,900 acre estate known as Canton. In 1919, Tyrconnell was extensively renovated by the Baltimore firm of Mottu and White. It is protected in perpetuity by easements held by Maryland Environmental Trust.

MET was established in 1967 by the Maryland General Assembly as a charitable organization and serves as the statewide land trust. MET currently holds more than 1,050 easements totaling approximately 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, Land Trust Assistance and Keep Maryland Beautiful Programs.  For more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov/met.

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