The Maryland Environmental Trust announces:
Land Conservation Conference 2013


The 13th Annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference will take place on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Maryland Environmental Trust will host this year’s conference at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

This year’s conference will provide a full day of training and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to land conservationists, land trust staff and board members, government agencies and elected officials. This annual event provides an opportunity for the exchange of new ideas about the future of land conservation in Maryland.

We are pleased to announce writer, photographer, farmer, and conservationist Peter Forbes as the 2013 Keynote Speaker. Peter Forbes is Senior Advisor and cofounder of the Center for Whole Communities. Forbes is well-known for his ability to bring together a wide circle of participants and build bridges between sectors, coalitions, and organizations, and for nurturing a new land movement that integrates land health, social justice, and human spirit. Forbes has earned a national reputation as being a champion of a new brand of community-based conservation, where the health of the people and the health of the land are viewed as equal.

The day concludes with a reception and awards presentation. For more information or to learn about sponsorships or exhibiting at the event, contact Michelle Johnson at (410) 514-7908 or


  • Maryland Land Conservation Pre-Conference Breakfast Talks
  • Keynote Speaker: Peter Forbes - Senior Advisor and co-founder of the Center for Whole Communities
  • Afternoon Agricultural Discussion and Stewardship Roundtable
  • Post-Conference Reception and Awards Ceremony

The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute is less than five miles from the Baltimore - Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, the BWI Amtrak Station, and Interstate-95.

Directions are available here.

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8:00 - 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30
Breakfast Talks
  • Agricultural Land Preservation Programs – Bright Spots, Stewardship, DOE
    Wally Lippincott - Baltimore County Dept. of Environmental Protection and Sustainability
    Charles Rice – Charles County Dept. of Planning and Growth Management
  • Large Landscape Conservation
    Joel Dunn – Chesapeake Conservancy
    Jonathan Doherty - National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks
10:15 - 11:00

Keynote Address - The Evolving Face of Conservation
Peter Forbes - Center for Whole Communities

11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:45
Concurrent Sessions:
  • Advocacy Basics – Because Decisions Are Made By Those Who Show Up
    Sean Robertson - Land Trust Alliance
    Ryan Ewing - Partners for Open Space
    Josh Hastings - Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
    Bryan David - Land Trust Alliance
  • Community Engagement for Land Trusts
    Peter Forbes - Center for Whole Communities
12:45 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 2:45
Concurrent Sessions:
  • Building Blocks For Successful Fundraising
    Peter Lane – Institute for Conservation Leadership
  • Recommended Best Management Practices For Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Maryland
    Andy Loza – Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
    Keith Eshleman - Appalachian Laboratory, UMD Center for Environmental Science
  • LandScope Chesapeake: Watershed-Wide Land Conservation Prioritization
    Jonathan Doherty – National Park Service
    Lori Scott – Nature Serve
  • Managing Agricultural Easements for the Long Term
    Deborah Bowers – Carroll County Agricultural Land Preservation Program
    Joy Levy – Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Program
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:45
Concurrent Sessions:
  • Applying Innovative Technologies to Land Conservation
    Joanna Ogburn – Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Large Landscape-Scale Land Preservation: the Southern Maryland Collaborative Workshop
    Susan Charkes – Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust
    Wink Hasting – National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
  • What Value is Perpetuity in a TMDL World?
    Jim Baird – American Farmland Trust
3:45 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 4:45
Concurrent Sessions:
  • Endangered Indigenous Landscapes and Maryland Conservation Opportunities
    Virginia R. Busby - Maryland Commission of Indian Affairs
    Rico Newman - Maryland Indian Tourism Association
    Tim Brower - DNR, Program Open Space
    Christine Conn – DNR, Office for a Sustainable Future
  • Maryland Natural Areas Initiative
    Jonathan McKnight – DNR, Wildlife & Heritage Service
  • Conservation Easement Stewardship Roundtable
    Megan D’Arcy – Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
    Jon Chapman – Maryland Environmental Trust
5:00 - 6:00 Post-Conference Reception

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Early Online Registration Fee: $45.00
Online Fee After April 7th: $60.00
At the Door: $75.00 (check only, no cash or credit cards)

Click here to register online.

Overnight accommodations available for Monday, April 22nd.
Please contact CCMIT at (866) 900-3517 to make a reservation.

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April 23rd - Linthicum Heights - Conference Center at the Maritime Institute

Register for Land Conservation Conference 2013 Today!

Thanks to our conference partners for their support!
Maryland Environmental Trust
Land Trust Alliance
The Conservation Fund
The Abell Foundation
Chesapeake Conservancy
National Park Service
Maryland Environmental Trust
100 Community Place, 1st Floor • Crownsville, MD 21032-2023 • TOLL FREE 1-877-514-7900
Questions? Please contact Land Trust Assistance Coordinator
Michelle Johnson at (410) 514-7908 or