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Maryland Environmental Trust Offers Volunteer Training April 17

Conservation Training Opportunity

Photo of volunteer land stewards in training

Following their training, volunteer land stewards will assist the department with monitoring conservation easement properties statewide.

The Maryland Environmental Trust is offering a one-day volunteer training session for individuals interested in helping to monitor state conservation easements. The training session will be held 6 to 8 p.m. April 17 at Maryland Environmental Trust at 100 Community Place, Conference Room A, Crownsville.

The trust, a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, works with citizen land trusts and landowners to protect the state’s most treasured landscapes and natural resources as a legacy for future generations. These preserved lands are monitored annually to ensure the conservation easement values are permanently maintained and protected.

To accomplish this, the trust recruits passionate volunteers who have an interest in land conservation and desire to visit the state’s most significant natural areas, including farms, forests, historic viewsheds as well as scenic landscapes and waterfronts. Volunteers should be at least 20 years of age, physically able to walk over potentially rugged terrain and have their own transportation and smartphone or camera.

Volunteers must participate in this two-hour training and agree to complete five or more monitoring visits annually.

Light refreshments will be provided. Anyone seeking more information or to register should contact Wendy Hershey at 410-697-9522 or