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Maryland Land Conservation Conference Focused on Future

Annual Event Unites Multitude of Stewardship Partners

Photo of opening remarks at Maryland Land Conservation ConferenceThe Maryland Environmental Trust recently welcomed more than 140 people from 83 organizations – land trusts, conservancies, governmental organizations, heritage organizations, members of the agricultural community and other partners – to its 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference. 

The event, held May 17 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, explored land conservation and stewardship, using science and technology to further conservation goals, attracting the next generation of conservation and community stewards, and enhancing organizational development and sustainability.

“We will seek to continue these conversations throughout the year and build on this year’s conference, while exploring new opportunities to build a stronger, more resilient and durable conservation movement,” Director Bill Leahy said.

Attendees enjoyed education workshops, lightning talks series and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources also debuted its new Parcel Evaluation Tool designed to analyze and rate the conservation benefits and ecosystem “value” of land parcels across the state.
More information on conference offerings and presentations is available online.