The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have permanently protected 160 acres of farmland along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway from development through a conservation easement. MET works with local land trusts and property owners to safeguard the beautiful, priority lands that surround Maryland’s network of scenic byways. Read more
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. Read more
More than 673 contiguous acres now permanently protected
A conservation easement has forever protected approximately 95 acres of critical habitat along a tributary of Herring Bay in southern Anne Arundel County. This area is home to vast woodlands and wetlands that provide habitat for a variety of rare birds, as well as beautiful views along the Roots and Tides Scenic Byway. Read more
Maryland heritage area and byway managers, planners, and land trust members met to develop efforts to protect and preserve the State’s scenic byways at a workshop last week in Crownsville. Representatives with Maryland’s Environmental Trust, State Highway Administration and Department of Planning, along with the National Park Service, discussed new monitoring tools and best practices for these scenic, and often historically significant, roads. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have permanently protected 226 acres of farmland along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway from development through a conservation easement. Read more
The State has added 63 acres to its permanently protected rural landscape, eliminating 10 developmental rights in two counties. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land, located in Baltimore and Washington counties. Read more
Mt. Welcome, a National Register historic property in the community of Granite in Baltimore County, will be forever preserved through a conservation easement to be held by the Maryland Environmental Trust and Maryland Historical Trust. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) worked with 10 landowners last year to protect 1,288 acres of scenic open space, forests and farmland in seven counties across the State. Most of these easements were donated and are held by MET together with a local or regional land trust and will protect the natural, historic and scenic resources on these lands for generations to come.
The total acreage preserved through perpetual conservation easements by county in 2012 was ─ 347 acres in Anne Arundel, 97 acres in Baltimore, 9.6 acres is Dorchester, 143 acres in Frederick, 225 acres in Wicomico, 270 acres in Queen Anne’s, and 196 acres in Talbot. Read more
Interested Landowners Should Contact MET Before September 19
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) encourages private landowners and working farmers looking to protect their land through conservation easements to act now to take advantage of significant tax deductions. Congress recently renewed the conservation tax incentive which will expire at the end of the year.
Governor Martin O’Malley last night honored 215 landowners from across the State who have donated conservation easements to the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), since January 1, 2007. The landowners’ conservation easements permanently protect more than 16,000 acres of scenic open space, historic and cultural resources, and environmentally sensitive habitat from development.