2015 Maryland Land Conservation Conference, April 30 - May 1, 2015,    The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD

On behalf of the Maryland Environmental Trust, thank you for participating in the 15th Annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference on April 30 – May 1, 2015 at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, MD. We greatly appreciate your role in making this annual event a huge success!

Conference Program

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Press Release

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Call For Presenters Open for 2016

Click here to submit a proposal for the 2016 Maryland Land Conservation Conference.

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Completed proposals are due by August 17, 2015 and should be submitted using the online form. At this time, workshops will be 75 minutes in length. Additional details will be available soon. Please contact Michelle Grafton at michelle.grafton@maryland.gov with any questions.

Thanks to our conference partners for their support!

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Presenting Sponsor:

Maryland Environmental Trust

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:

Abell Foundation


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Schedule of Events

Day Time Title
April 30, 2015 10:00 AM Keynote Speech
April 30, 2015 11:00 AM Will You Help Us Save This Place? Community Outreach Examples From the National Trust
April 30, 2015 11:00 AM Funding Conservation-Based Land Acquisition and Restoration Through Grants Using Innovative Partnerships
April 30, 2015 11:00 AM Demystifying Advocacy – Being an Ambassador to Your Public Officials
April 30, 2015 1:45 PM The Indigenous Cultural Landscape: A Conservation Concept for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
April 30, 2015 1:45 PM Making the Most of Your Conservation Project: Potential Partners and Funding Opportunities
April 30, 2015 1:45 PM Program Open Space – The History and Future of Maryland's Land Preservation Programs
April 30, 2015 3:20 PM This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Engaging Story to Protect Landscape
April 30, 2015 3:20 PM Fundraising 101: Raising Money on a Budget
April 30, 2015 3:20 PM Speak Persuasively Not Abrasively
May 1, 2015 9:00 AM Stewardship Roundtable
May 1, 2015 9:00 AM An Environmental Enhancement Partnership Between MET and SHA
May 1, 2015 10:30 AM Interactive Web Tools to Effectively Distribute High Resolution Data and Inform Landscape Planning
May 1, 2015 10:30 AM Retrofitting Suburbia: "Retooling" Tested Methods for Conservation Planning for Use in the Inner Suburbs
May 1, 2015 10:30 AM Farmland at Risk: Emerging Legal Issues, Land Trust Resources and Creative Approaches to Landowner Outreach
May 1, 2015 1:00 PM Trying Times: Important Lessons to be Learned from Recent Federal Tax Cases Involving Conservation Easement Donations
May 1, 2015 1:00 PM Community Conservation: Making Your Work Resilient and Your Land Trust Relevant
May 1, 2015 1:00 PM Large Landscape Conservation: Scaling Up Conservation Efforts from George Washington's Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay
May 1, 2015 2:30 PM Land Trust Roundtable
May 1, 2015 2:30 PM Urban Forest Patches Matter: Why They Are Falling Through the Cracks, and Why We Need to Save Them
May 1, 2015 2:30 PM Jump-Starting Natural Resource Conservation, Now and Beyond