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					Land Marks
                                                              Fall/Winter 2012

Annual Land Conservation Conference
at the Robinson Nature Center
O      ver 160 land conservationists from around the
       Chesapeake Bay region convened at the annual
 Maryland Land Conservation Conference at the new
 Robinson Nature Center in Howard County on May
 15. The statewide conference, hosted by MET, offered
 a full day of educational sessions, tours and “lightning
 talks” related to the theme “Saving Land – Saving the
     Led by an inspiring key note address by Howard
 County Executive Ken Ulman, the attendees heard
 about successful sustainability initiatives and land
 protection measures in Howard County. The conference
 also featured 19 conservation leaders who presented
 on “Thinking Landscape: Beyond Random Acts of
 Conservation.” In a series of six-minute lightning
 talks, attendees learned of current initiatives in land
 conservation and water conservation, large landscape
 planning, advancements in science and technology, land
 trust partnerships and collaboration, land trust capacity
 building, and financing to sustain the work of land
 conservation in Maryland and the Chesapeake watershed.
     Conference participants enjoyed a relaxing outdoor
 lunch, a walk to identify invasive species and a tour of
 the Robinson Nature Center, Howard County’s newest
 LEED certified building, with the architect. The
 afternoon concurrent sessions included Stewardship,
 Capacity Building for Land Trusts, Large Landscape
 Conservation Plans for the Chesapeake, Building Strong
 Easements, Conserving Urban Open Space, Preparing for
 Accreditation, Understanding Watershed Implementation
 Plans & Total Daily Maximum Loads, and Collaboration and
                                      (continued on page 2)
                                             Director’s Note                                                       by Elizabeth Buxton,
                                                                                                                   MET Director
          James R. O’Connell
                                                                         Recently I was asked the question “How does land conservation
                Chair                                                    benefit the Chesapeake Bay?” Land conservation is one of the most
          James W. Constable                                             effective tools available for protecting the Chesapeake Bay while
              Vice Chair
                                                                         also addressing the Bay’s most pressing challenge: pollution. This
         Honorable S. Jay Plager
              Treasurer                                                  pollution is primarily an excess of nitrogen, phosphorous and
              Ann H. Jones                                               sediment that has accumulated for decades. These polluting materials
               Secretary                                                 are the direct result of man’s use of the land; its main sources being
         Doris Blazek-White
           K. King Burnett
                                                                         a combination of urban wastewater treatment plants, runoff from
       Goodloe E. (Geb) Byron Jr.                                        urban parking lots, the effects of suburban sprawl and to some extent
             David Greene                                                agriculture. What has resulted from this pollution is a Bay that no
          Constance Lieder
           James B. Morris                                               longer functions naturally. When the Bay stops functioning as a
            Steven Quarles                                               healthy ecosystem, its immediate victims are the fish and wildlife that
       AREA REPRESENTATIVES                 depend on it for habitat; its long-term victims include humans, who lose these sources of local
           Donald N. Briggs                 food and income along with the wondrous natural environment in which they live.
           Frederick County
              Steve Bunker
                                                The practice of land conservation today includes the permanent protection of forests,
             Charles County                 agricultural lands and wetlands with conservation easements. These legal agreements ensure
              Bill Crouch                   that significant land is developed in a manner that respects the scenic, natural and cultural
          Anne Arundel County
                                            resources of each property by restricting development and practices that can pollute the Bay.
             Philip R. Hager
             Carroll County                 Among the land conservation practices that have proven effective are the protection of forests
         Charlotte Hawes, Ph.D.             and the encouragement of vegetative stream buffers. Stream buffers act as filters, removing
              Kent County
                                            harmful nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen and keep damaging sediments from
        EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS                  draining into the Bay. Easements also help to control inappropriate development, which will
          Senator Roy Dyson
          Delegate Dana Stein
                                            prove to be critical as the state’s population grows at a rate projected to add 1.4 million new
            Tom McCarthy                    residents by 2030.
       (Governor’s Representative)              Large scale landscape conservation in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is integral to heritage
         TRUSTEES EMERITUS                  tourism and protecting the cultural and natural resources along the Captain John Smith
            Ajax Eastman                    Chesapeake National Historic Trail, a series of water routes extending approximately 3,000
             Ellen Kelly
           John C. Murphy                   miles along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Land conservation is also essential to
            Henry A. Virts                  preserving working agricultural lands and preventing incompatible development occurring on
                 STAFF                      prime farm land that is essential to grow enough food for our growing population.
            Elizabeth Buxton                    Since the 1970s, conservation easements have preserved rural working landscapes, heritage
        Megan (Sines) Benjamin
                                            areas and important undeveloped Bay shorelines providing a scenic public benefit enjoyed by
   Central and Western Region Planner       citizens and tourists alike. Promoting land conservation as a means to benefit water quality
               Kevin Bull                   in the Chesapeake Bay watershed should be one of the strategies for achieving long-overdue
Interim Land Trust Assistance Coordinator
                                            improvements in water quality. The combination of land protection and techniques aimed
             Jon Chapman
     Stewardship Program Manager            at reducing nutrient levels will optimize the impact on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
         Ann Gutierrez Carlson              watershed and will help to save the bay.
         Eastern Region Planner
                                                The nexus between land conservation and the water quality of the Bay cannot be
            Catherine Ford
          Program Assistant/                understated. Land conservation plays a critical role in restoring the Chesapeake Bay and we
  Keep Maryland Beautiful Coordinator       need to work together to increase the quality and pace of land conservation to help ensure
             Caryn Getsinger                achievement of overall pollution diet goals.
         Interim Fiscal Assistant
             Carol Holland
             John Hutson
      Easement Program Manager/
        Southern Region Planner
           Michelle Johnson
     Volunteer Program Coordinator
              Joan R. Lally
    Stewardship Program Coordinator
          Wendy Stringfellow
           Vaughn Weitzman
           Easement Steward
      Maryland Land Conservation Conference A Success (continued from page 1)
      New Tools for Land Trusts. The day concluded with an Awards
      Ceremony honoring environmental stewards and conservation
          The Maryland Land Conservation Conference was made
      possible by the generous financial support from The Abell
      Foundation, The Chesapeake Conservancy, The Conservation
      Fund, Kann Partners Architects and Planners, The Land Trust
      Alliance, DNR, The National Park Service-Chesapeake Bay
      Office and The Trust for Public Lands. MET is grateful to our
      sponsors for helping to make this conference a success!
          The 2013 Maryland Land Conservation Conference will be
      held on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Conference Center at the
      Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights. Mark your calendars
      and plan to attend what will be another great statewide conference.    Greeting conference attendees are MET Volunteer Coordinator Michelle
      Information and online registration will be available in March 2013.   Johnson and MET Easement Planner Megan Benjamin.

Joel Dunn, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Conservancy, leads breakout session on       Lindsay Kosnik and Kevin Case of the Land Trust Alliance.
large landscape conservation.


The Aileen Hughes and Dillon Awards
                                                                            In awarding the Aileen Hughes Award to Rick, MET
                                                                        acknowledges his positive management style, low key demeanor,
                                                                        and exceptional people skills. During his short tenure, Rick has
                                                                        raised SRLT’s profile in the community and positioned SRLT as one
                                                                        of the leading land conservation organizations in Maryland. The
                                                                        SRLT was awarded $2,000 as a result of Rick Leader’s outstanding

                                                                        The DiLLON AwARD is also given annually by MET and it
                                                                        recognizes an outstanding conservationist. The award is named
                                                                        in honor of Alverta and Louise Dillon, sisters and retired school
                                                                        teachers who donated a perpetual conservation easement and
                                                                        then bequeathed their entire Garrett County property to the
                                                                        Maryland Environmental Trust in 1984. MET presented the first
                                                                        Dillon Award at the 2002 Land Conservation Assembly.
                                                                            Louisa Copeland Duemling was selected to receive the 2012
                                                                        Dillon Award for her commitment to land conservation in
                                                                        Maryland and dedication in preserving Andelot Farm in Kent
                                                                        County. In 2009 Mrs. Duemling donated a 2,894-acre easement
                                                                        to MET and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Inc., forever
Scenic Rivers Land Trust Director Rick Leader received the Aileen       protecting the scenic open space, agricultural and forestland.
Hughes Award from MET Board Chairman Jim O’Connell during a             The property includes approximately 1,087 acres of forest,
ceremony held at the Maryland Land Conservation Conference.
                                                                        1,692 acres of tilled land and 50 acres of freshwater ponds. The
                                                                        easement will also preserve a 200-foot vegetative buffer strip
Each year, MET presents The AiLeeN hugheS AwARD to                      along 9.2 miles of the Chesapeake Bay, Churn Creek, Tims Creek,
an individual or individuals representing a Maryland land trust         Worton Creek and Still Pond, protecting water quality and
for leadership, partnership and innovation in a conservation            riparian wildlife habitat. In addition, the property contains high
project. This annual award is presented in honor of the late Aileen     quality habitat for several threatened and endangered species,
Hughes, a true leader in the conservation movement. Aileen was          including the Delmarva fox squirrel.
a supporter of women’s and civil rights, as well as the protection          In 1975, Mrs. Duemling, together with her brother Gerrett
of our state’s natural and cultural resources. She also served as the   Van Copeland, donated the 632-acre Copeland Biddle easement
president of the American Chestnut Land Trust for many years.           to MET. This property adjoins Andelot Farm to the south across
    For the last two and a half years, Rick Leader has been the         Worton Creek and was MET’s seventh easement.
moving force behind Scenic Rivers Land Trust (SRLT), a 21-year-
old land trust serving five watersheds (Severn, South, Rhode, West
and Patuxent Rivers) in Anne Arundel County. Together with a
dedicated board of directors, Rick oversees SRLT programs and its
growing portfolio of 50 easement properties covering over 2,100
acres. In a short period, Rick has successfully led SRLT on a path
toward accreditation and is currently preparing its application.
    Rick has quickly built the SRLT conservation easement
program into one of the best in the state, making SRLT one
of MET’s strongest land trust partners. Rick and his staff
were instrumental in the Crownsville Woods project which
permanently protects 630 core acres of the South River watershed
and provides public access for passive recreation. Rick’s dedication
and hard work also resulted in an important milestone for SRLT,
the Patricia Melville conservation easement (co-held with MET), a
50-acre property located along Mallard Lane in Lothian that is the
organization’s 50th conservation easement.                              Andelot Farm Manager Eddie Taylor accepts the Dillon Award on
                                                                        behalf of Mrs. Louisa Duemling.

                                                                                                                  MeT AwARDS

MeT Awards $26K to Support environmental and educational Projects

A     s part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program, MET
      awarded $26,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and
schools to support environmental education and demonstration
                                                                      Maryland College Park, the Red Wiggler Community Farm,
                                                                      Normal Inc., the Philips Wharf Environmental Center, and
                                                                      the Friends of Martinak State Park. The projects include
projects that will enhance and maintain the state’s health            environmentally friendly education lessons; planting trees;
and appearance.                                                       beautifying areas of the community and strengthening working
    MET announced the award winners and grant recipients at           relationships between environmental groups; watershed restoration
an awards ceremony held during the annual Land Conservation           projects; maintaining wildlife habitats; maintaining a buffer garden;
Conference. Sonal Sanghavi, Director, Office of Environmental         and raising awareness of the effects of agricultural runoff.
Design, Maryland State Highway Administration and Constance
Lieder, MET Trustee and Grants Committee Chair were on hand           The Bill JaMes environMenTal granTs
to assist Chairman O’Connell with announcing the grants and awards.   These grants are awarded to youth groups for environmental
A buffet and reception followed the awards ceremony for all the       education projects in their communities and or schools. This
grant recipients.                                                     award is named for William S. James who drafted legislation
    The Keep Maryland Beautiful Program is funded in part by          creating MET and incorporated the activities of the Governor’s
the Maryland State Highway Administration, a division of the          Committee to Keep Maryland Beautiful.
Maryland Department of Transportation.                                    The 2012 recipients of the Bill James Grants are Greenmount
                                                                      School of Baltimore, Sligo Creek Elementary PTA, Perryville
                                                                      High School, Silver Spring Day School, St. Mary’s Elementary
                                                                      School, Environmental Concerns Inc., Bishop Walsh School,
                                                                      and Pine Grove Middle School. The funded projects include
                                                                      educating students about agricultural and horticultural practices;
                                                                      constructing rain barrels, picnic tables and rain gardens; establishing
                                                                      a composting program; executing an outdoor garden classroom;
                                                                      and raising and observing terrapin hatchlings.

                                                                      The Jan hollMann granTs
                                                                      MET also awarded $10,000 in grants to five selected land trusts
                                                                      to support their land trust activities. These grants are awarded
                                                                      to Maryland land trusts to support their conservation, outreach,
                                                                      and stewardship programs. This award is named in memory of
                                                                      Jan Hollmann who founded the Severn River Land Trust and
                                                                      the Arundel Conservation Trust. The 2012 recipients of the Jan
                                                                      Hollmann awards are Lower Shore Land Trust, Harford Land
                                                                      Trust, Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, Baltimore Green Space,
John Slater and Betsy McMillion of The Friends of Patapsco Valley
& Heritage Greenway Inc. accept KMB award.                            and Neighborspace of Baltimore County.

The MargareT rosch Jones award
This award is named in honor of the first executive director of
the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program. These grants are awarded
to an ongoing project or activity that has demonstrated success
in solving an environmental issue, whether local or statewide.
This award recognizes those organizations that have been actively
educating people in their community about litter prevention,
community beautification, or eliminating or reducing the causes
of a local environmental problem.
    Recipients of the 2012 Margaret Rosch Jones Award are
The Greater Baltimore Urban League, Ann’s Circle, the
Community Action Coalition, the Baltimore Orchard Project,
                                                                      Barbara Hopkins of Neighborspace of Baltimore County receives a
the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation, the World Arts Focus,         Jan Hollmann Grant from Sonal Sanghavi of the Maryland State
the Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway, the University of            Highway Administration and Connie Lieder, MET Board of Trustees.
    Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary
                                                                               After the picnic, volunteers enjoyed a beautiful afternoon
                                                                           exploring the flora and fauna of Jug Bay either on a guided
                                                                           canoe trip along the Patuxent River or on a naturalist-led hike
                                                                           through the sanctuary and along the Marsh Boardwalk Trail
                                                                           while discussing the ecology of the wetlands. Volunteers were
                                                                           recognized for their commitment to MET and their years of
                                                                           service and received an MET hat.
                                                                               Throughout the past year, MET volunteers visited 144 easement
                                                                           properties, monitored over 13,600 acres throughout Maryland,
                                                                           and logged over 200 hours toward the completion of baseline
                                                                           projects. As they visit properties, volunteers help address
                                                                           landowner questions about invasive species, erosion control or
                                                                           buffer plantings by referring queries to MET staff.
                                                                               MET takes its stewardship responsibility seriously and
    MET held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on June 23           conducts regular inspections of protected lands to observe
    at the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary to recognize its volunteers           changes and to communicate with landowners. Our volunteers
    for their dedicated service to the organization and commitment         provide “boots on the ground” monitoring assistance as our
    toward land stewardship. A crew of trained volunteers has been         inventory of protected lands grows. Volunteers also enable the
    part of our Stewardship Program for the past nine years and            MET staff to allocate stewardship resources efficiently. With
    makes it possible for MET to inspect all of its easement properties    more than 1000 easements, MET relies on trained volunteers
    on a regular basis.                                                    to visit each easement property annually and help MET protect
        “This event is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the dedicated      Maryland’s open space and scenic and natural resources.
    volunteers who assist MET staff with monitoring conservation               If you are interested in volunteering, please contact MET’s
    easement properties across the state,” said Elizabeth Buxton,          Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Johnson at mjohnson@dnr.state.
    MET Director.                                                 or 410-514-7908.

                                                    MET Participates in Easement
                                                    Revitalization Initiative
                                                    MET was one of six land trusts that participated in a national study of problem
                                                    easements sponsored by the Open Space Institute. As a result of this project, the
                                                    Easement Revitalization Guidebook was produced by Solid Ground Consulting who
                                                    researched, developed and tested strategies and tools that land trusts can use to revitalize
                                                    their easements and strengthen their enforceability. The Easement Revitalization
                                                    Guidebook is now available on our website and includes methodology that land trust staff
MET Board of Trustee members Doris
                                                    can use in easement review and specific tools to help land trusts manage problem easements.
Blazek-White, King Burnett, and MET
Board of Trustee Emeritus Ajax Eastman.                Problem easements – those with questionable conservation value, vague or
                                                    conflicting language in the easement document, or transactional problems – lurk in
                                                    the portfolios of nearly all land trusts. They’re difficult to monitor and enforce, and
MeT RegiONAL ReCePTiON                              sometimes the conservation benefit doesn’t seem worth the effort.
heLD iN ST. MiChAeLS                                   Many groups have chosen to ignore potential problems posed by these easements
                                                    until some event – such as a high-profile violation, a proposed merger with another land
On a beautiful summer evening in June,
                                                    trust or an accreditation application – brings them to the fore. Then the land trust is
MeT trustees Jay Plager, Jim O’Connell
                                                    forced to decide what to do with them.
and Doris-Blazek white hosted the                      How land trusts handle early cases of problem easements may set precedents that
fourth regional reception in St. Michaels           ripple through all of the land trusts in the country. If the conservation community allows
at the home of Jay Plager. MeT friends,             these easements to be inappropriately extinguished or ignored, they risk losing the
donors and landowners from Talbot                   confidence of the general public, legislators and the IRS. On the other hand, trying to
County enjoyed a cocktail reception                 steward bad easements may drain resources without serving any significant conservation
with delicious locally grown food, good             value. The Easement Revitalization Guidebook helps land trusts successfully manage
                                                    problem easements. MET will be reaching out to a small number of landowners to
conversation and exceptional views of
     5                                              discuss potential improvements to their easements.
the Miles River.
           Before resToraTion

every easeMenT Tells a sTory: a Buffer success
Before and after photos of Beaver Creek

W       e have all heard how important stream buffers are. They
        slow the flow of stormwater, prevent sediment from
entering a waterway, and filter out nutrients that can be harmful
                                                                       rainy morning when the volunteers arrived at the farm to begin
                                                                       planting the first trees. As they began their work, the clouds
                                                                       dissipated and the sun shined down upon them. Ruanne knew
to aquatic life. Buffers can also add to the value of your land        then that her father had given her his permission.
visually while increasing biodiversity. Wildlife of all types take         MET appreciates what the Georges have done and thanks
advantage of the riparian area and all it has to offer: wild flowers   everyone involved with this project for all their hard work. This
for insects, sanctuary for waterfowl along and aquatic mammals,        is a excellent example of a successful buffer restoration that is
and shade for fish. On a dairy farm in Boonsboro, Washington           truly paying off.
County, conservation easement donors Ruanne and Jack George
have had great success with reestablishing a riparian buffer in a
troubled watershed with assistance from Washington County,
Beaver Creek Watershed Association, the Department of Natural              MeT seeking area represenTaTives
Resources, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife,
and the hard work of many volunteers.                                      MET is seeking additional Area Representatives to serve on its
    In 2005, a 30 foot fenced off buffer was established and               Board of Trustees to achieve broader representation of all areas
trees were planted. Then in 2009 the fenced in buffer zone was
                                                                           of the state. The Board seeks advice from the Area Representatives
increased to 50 feet along with an additional 2,000 feet of fencing
around a spring tributary that runs through what was then a cow
                                                                           on matters of interest involving their respective areas. This
pasture. Volunteers also planted 1,000 native trees and shrubs             is especially applicable with regard to the solicitation of
along the creek and the spring tributary was allowed to naturally          easements. Area representatives serve for a four year term,
regenerate. The cattle that were previously allowed access to these        they must be residents of the state of Maryland at least
water bodies now get their water from a trough. The Georges                eighteen years of age and have a demonstrated interest in land
have been maintaining their property in this manner now for                conservation. Area Representatives work directly with the
almost three years. Ruanne George has noticed an increase in
                                                                           Board, and serve as ambassadors of MET.
wildlife activity, including the return of beavers that helped
themselves to 20 or so trees along the creek. Beaver Creek is
keeping true to its namesake!                                              If you are interested in serving as a MET Area Representative,
    Ruanne’s father knew that protecting Beaver Creek was                  please contact Elizabeth Buxton at or
a meaningful task but Ruanne was not sure if he would have                 410-514-7903.
approved of this project. Unfortunately he passed away in 2005
shortly before the restoration project began. It was a grey and

                                         MET Partners with Civil War Trust to
                                         Protect Frederick County’s Battlefields

Stone fence row near historic South Mountain battlefield.

MET and ThE Civil War TrusT (CWT) recently were                       O. James Lighthizer. “Without this project, the land could be
awarded $980,000 to fund “Saving Maryland’s Critical Civil War        developed into commercial or residential properties. Now our
Battlefields,” a project that will permanently protect seven key      history will be preserved for generations to come.”
properties that are integral to Civil War battlefields in Frederick       CWT will acquire the properties and preserve them in
County. This collaborative effort will result in conservation         perpetuity through conservation easements held by MET. The
easements on more than 150 acres of the Monocacy and South            funding provided will be used for surveys, appraisers, acquisition
Mountain battlefields. With the sesquicentennial commemoration        costs, and closing costs. CWT will also provide match funding for
of the Civil War underway (2011-2015), there is unprecedented         what will be a project totaling $1.96 million. MET will steward
interest in this significant chapter in American history. In the      the land in perpetuity to ensure the terms of the easements are
press release announcing this exciting project, Governor Martin       upheld, and to forever protect it from inappropriate development.
O’Malley underscored the significance of preserving properties        MET currently holds more than 80 easements in Frederick and
such as these: “As Maryland moves forward, we must preserve           Washington Counties that protect the scenic viewsheds of both
the past; the lessons we learn from history direct our paths          the South Mountain and Antietam battlefields. These easements
forward.” The Governor also identified the “duty to protect the       restrict development on 8,654 acres, and maintain the land in
hallowed ground where our nation’s early history unfolded.”           farms and forests.
    Today, these historic properties are held in private ownership,       The “Saving Maryland’s Critical Civil War Battlefields”
mainly as farmland. The surrounding land has largely been             project is funded through the Transportation Enhancement
preserved and appears as it would have during the Civil War era.      Program (TEP), which funds non-traditional, community-based
With mounting interest of residents and tourists alike, the project   transportation-related projects. In 2012, Maryland awarded
will not only conserve scenic cultural landscapes threatened by       six TEP projects totaling more than $4 million. The Governor
future potential development but also contribute to economic          determines which projects qualify for funding based on need
development through heritage tourism.                                 and potential benefit to the public. The Maryland Department
    “We thank Governor O’Malley and the State of Maryland             of Transportation’s State Highway Administration oversees the
for recognizing the great role Maryland played in the Civil War,      federal program, which has awarded more than $206 million for
and preserving these priceless battlefields,” said CWT President      270 projects in Maryland since the TEP program began in 1991.

MET Adopts Ecosystem Services Marketing Policy
I n September, the MET Board of Trustees adopted a policy
  that will allow property owners to take advantage of additional
income streams for their property (of five acres of more) that
                                                                        estimated to be provided by properties covered by these natural
                                                                        and semi-natural land types. Markets provide incentives for the
                                                                        maintenance of natural cover types, as well as the planting of new
enhance conservation values such as forest mitigation and               forests, grasslands and stream buffers, as well as the restoration
banking. This policy will allow expanded activities related             of degraded streams and wetlands, and the establishment of
to ecosystems credits and marketing on a greater number of              mitigation banks and areas. All of these activities enhance the
easements, providing they are not specifically prohibited in the        ecological benefits provided by a property, and may be viewed as
Deed of Conservation Easement.                                          “ecological crops” similar to agricultural crops.
    In recent years there has been an increased interest in                 This policy is consistent with the MET mission to conserve
ecosystem services and the development of ecosystem markets.            and improve the environment and enhances the resource value
Ecosystem services are those that natural and semi-natural              of properties under easement. Permitting ecosystem marketing
land cover types (e.g. forests, wetlands, grasslands) provide in        on conserved land supports state efforts to meet the Total Mean
support of healthy human and natural systems, including clean           Daily Load (TMDL) standards for the Chesapeake Bay.
air, clean water, carbon and nutrient scrubbing, soil formation,            For more information, please contact Jon Chapman, MET
etc. Ecosystem Markets buy and sell credits based on the services       Stewardship Manager, at 410-514-7904 or

New Tax Credit Opportunity for Charles County Easements
T    he 2012 session of the Maryland legislature saw the passage
     of House Bill 1054. This bill was sponsored by the Charles
County Delegation (Delegates Sally Jameson, Peter Murphy,
                                                                        for as long as that person continues to reside on the property
                                                                        that is subject to the easement. The property tax credit could
                                                                        only benefit the original easement donor and would terminate
and C.T. Wilson), who worked closely with the Conservancy for           on transfer of the property under easement. The credit would
Charles County (the Conservancy) to create new opportunity for          be applicable to both existing and future donated conservation
conservation easement donors in Charles County.                         easements and could apply to all taxable years beginning after
    The bill was signed by Governor O’Malley on May 2 and               June 30, 2012.
authorizes Charles County to grant a property tax credit for real           The Charles County Commissioners will need to adopt an
property with a perpetual conservation easement donated to the          ordinance that will determine the amount and duration of the
Conservancy or another qualified entity approved by the County          property tax credit before this new tax benefit can be available to
Commissioners. The property tax credit would provide a benefit          conservation easement donors.
to the original grantor of the perpetual conservation easement

MDP Secretary addresses MET Board of Trustees about New Septic Bill

MET Director Elizabeth Buxton, Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Richard Eberhart Hall and MET Board Chairman Jim
O’Connell. Secretary Hall presented information about the Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 to MET in September.

string of Pearls Celebrates Six MeT easement Donors
Herndon Avenue runs through Bay Ridge Woods, a mature riparian forest on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula. This 79-acre easement is held by MET.
photo courtesy of dick lann.

The fifth Chesapeake Bay String of Pearls ceremony was held              by a sand spit which supports a variety of wetland vegetation
on September 20 at the Patuxent Research Refuge National                 including smooth cordgrass, cattail, arrow arum, and rose mallow.
Wildlife Visitors Visitor Center to recognize landowners who             The preserved area includes multiple and expansive Native
have preserved land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This                American sites dating back more than 8,000 years, along with a
year the project registered seven “pearls” in the Chesapeake Bay         primordial fossil record spanning 25 million years.
String of Pearls Register which is on permanent public view in
the circuit courthouse on Church Circle in Annapolis. Six of the         paTricia v. Melville
seven “pearls” are landowners who protected their land with              The 50-acre Mellville property is located just south of Jug bay off
conservation easements co-held by MET. They include:                     of Lower Pindell Road in Anne Arundel County. It contains seven
anne arundel counTy                                                      acres of tidal march, 18 acres of tillable cropland and includes
                                                                         3,000 feet of scenic road frontage on Mallard Lane in Lothian
The Bacon Ridge Natural Area (BRNA) is located in Crownsville            and 600 feet of scenic views from Lyons Creek, a tributary of the
and will become a passive recreation park for hiking, nature             Patuxent. Designated as a High Quality Tier II Watershed, the
study, and other non-intensive uses. The central 630 acres are           property provides habitat to a variety of wildlife including hawks,
permanently protected from development through a conservation            deer, raccoons and skunks.
easement held by MET and Scenic Rivers Land Trust (SRLT).
The BRNA contains 533 acres of potential forest interior dwelling        annapolis roads properTy owners associaTion (arpoa)
bird species habitat and was identified by Maryland/DC Audubon
as an Important Bird Area. The BRNA is a Targeted Ecological             Ogleton woods is located in the community of Annapolis Roads
Area, which has been identified as a conservation priority by the        and is home to one of the few remaining large woodlands on the
Maryland Department of Natural Resources GreenPrint program.             Annapolis Neck Peninsula. This 33-acre tract of mature, upland
The delicate balance of preservation and public enjoyment is             forest is dominated by large Yellow Poplar and Chestnut Oak trees,
overseen by the BRNA Stewardship Committee, which makes                  with areas of Virginia Pine, and understory trees and shrubs including
recommendations to the County on how the park is managed.                American Holly and Mountain Laurel. The forest includes areas
                                                                         of steep and moderate slopes, wetland and streams that feed Lake
Brewer Pond, a 22 acre tidal pond surrounded by 50 acres of              Ogleton and the Severn River. It is home to fox dens and an eagle’s
riparian forest, is considered the most important and last intact        nest and, in the spring, abundant wildflowers. In 2005 the property
natural riparian feature remaining on the Severn River. The              was in imminent danger of being developed for residential single-
property is the current site of numerous spawning Chesapeake             family homes. The ARPOA and Bay Land Trust partnered to save
fish, amphibians, and reptiles and is nationally renowned as a           the forest through a multi-faceted financing plan, including the
breeding area of Bald Eagles, colonial waders such as great and          purchase of the land on behalf of the community by Bay Land Trust
lesser herons, as well as reclusive forest interior dweller birds such   in a bargain sale. During the three years that the property was
as the Baltimore Oriole. The Pond is almost completely sealed            owned by the Trust, the residents of Annapolis Roads contributed

over two and one half million dollars in donations and committed        wetlands on Black Walnut Creek. It is home to five rare forest
themselves to the use of their Special Community Benefit District       interior dwelling bird species and is an important waterfowl
to repay a low interest loan that will complete the $4 million          staging area during migratory periods. Situated on Tolley Point, it
acquisition. Now the residents of Annapolis Roads manage Ogleton        plays a critical role as a filter to protect the aquifer and the health
Woods for passive recreation, habitat and water quality protection.     of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Bay ridge civic associaTion                                             John logan due
In 2002 the residents of Bay Ridge rescued 100 acres of forest in       In 1985, John Due had the foresight to protect his 34 acre property
their community from imminent development. Through a unique             in Howard County to safeguard the historic Henry Warfield House
collaboration between the Bay Ridge Civic Association and the           and one of the few undeveloped stretches of Cricket Creek, a tributary
Bay Land Trust (then known as Bay Ridge Trust), the community           of the Middle Patuxent River. The conservation easement protects
undertook an innovative and complex financing model to purchase         the historic stone house, outbuildings and landscape including
the forest and protect it from development. It was a combination        a bucolic garden surrounded by fields of jonquils and stunning
of private donations, low interest loans, Program Open Space funds      enormous white pines and provides the public with scenic vistas
and the sale of 4 lots that provided the funds needed for the $4.1      along Trotter Road, the central road to Columbia’s western-most
million acquisition of a conservation easement to protect the forest.   village, River Hill.
The Bay Ridge Woods is the second largest forest on Annapolis               For more information about the Chesapeake String of Pearls,
Neck Peninsula and includes mature riparian forest and palustrine       please visit

MET Protects Views Along Chesapeake Country
National Scenic Byway

     L    ast summer MET worked with federal, state, and local partners to acquire a conservation easement on 270 acres of farm
          and forest lands along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway in Queen Anne’s County. The conservation
    easement was purchased using Federal transportation funds earmarked for the protection of scenic views along the Chesapeake
    Country National Scenic Byway. MET, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Queen Anne’s County and the Maryland State Highway
    Administration have been working cooperatively to permanently protect key properties along the Byway and protect the scenic,
    rural and agricultural character of this landscape.
       The Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway, which includes MD Routes 18 and 213 running from Kent Island to Chesapeake
    City with an extension on MD Route 20 to Rock Hall and MD Route 445 to Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, serves as
    the single thread tying together important places and interesting experiences that define what is most special about life on the
    Upper Eastern Shore. Since 2009, MET has protected 842 acres along the Byway.
    Pictured is a view from the National Scenic Byway.

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 Help Build the MET Stewardship Fund!
wiTh eveRy CONSeRvATiON eASeMeNT MeT agrees to hold, we accept the long term responsibility to monitor and uphold the
terms of the easement in perpetuity. MET requests landowners to make a contribution to its Stewardship Fund to support ongoing stewardship
expenses, including staffing, transportation, data management, communications, imaging and mapping technologies.
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to MET this year. With your support, MET can ensure the permanent protection of
Maryland’s diverse natural, scenic, and historic resources. Thank you for your support!

(April – September 2012)                           iNCReASe yOuR giviNg ThROugh MATChiNg giFTS!
Hoffman Teaberry Gift Fund
Dr. and Mrs. W. Robert Shortall                    Many employers sponsor corporate matching gift programs that will match any charitable
Mrs. Alice Eastman                                 contributions that their employees make. Your gift to MET could not only double but triple
Mr. R.R.M. Carpenter, III                          when you take advantage of a matching gift program through your employer. Some companies
Schwab (Anonymous Donor)                           even offer this opportunity to their retirees and their spouses. Increase your giving power
The Aybar Family                                   to MET through a Matching Gift Program. Contact your company’s human resources
Charlotte D. Hawes
                                                   department to see whether they have a matching gift program. Thank you for your support!
Constance Lieder

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