The Maryland Environmental Trust announces:
2014 Maryland Land Conservation Conference - April 3-4, 2014 - The Claggett Center, Adamstown, MD


The 14th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conferencewill take place on April 3-4, 2014. Maryland Environmental Trust will host this year’s conference at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD (Frederick County).

The annual conference is the only state-wide land conservation conference and training workshop of its kind in Maryland, attracting board members, volunteers, and staff from Maryland’s many land trusts and conservation organizations, as well as environmental advocates, elected officials, and planners from federal, state, and local governments.

This year’s conference will be bigger than ever. The two-day event will feature education workshops, field trips, peer-to-peer networking opportunities and an evening reception. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill will provide the keynote address.

With an amazing line-up of speakers from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond, this year’s conference will offer a variety of topics on: building new partnerships in land conservation, marketing and fundraising strategies, smart targeting for conservation areas, large landscape conservation, engaging landowners, managing working lands, successful urban land conservation stories, water quality, new trends, and other emerging issues.

Participants will exchange new ideas and partake in lively, meaningful discussions about land conservation in our region. An informal evening reception will be held on April 3rd. Tickets to the evening reception are only $15.

So come join your fellow conservation colleagues at this year’s conference to learn about priority issues, engage in dynamic discussions, and to reconnect with friends. For more information on sponsorships or exhibiting at the event, please contact Michelle Grafton at (410) 533-4627 or


  • Keynote Speaker: Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Joe Gill
  • Maryland Land Conservation Pre-Conference Morning Meetings
  • Land Trust and Stewardship Roundtables
  • Evening Reception and Mingle on April 3rd
  • Field Trips

For a list of workshop and session descriptions, click here.

Directions are available here.


Recent changes to the conference program:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CANCELLED: Concurrent Session 1 (11:00am – 12:00pm) - Successful Urban Land Conservation

CHANGE: Concurrent Session 1 (11:00am – 12:00pm)  - The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership: Explore how this Innovative Partnership is Conserving the Landscape of the JTHG National Heritage Area

(This session was previously scheduled for a Morning Meeting on Friday, April 4th, but has now been moved to Concurrent Session I on Thursday, April 3rd.)

Friday, April 4, 2014

ADDITION: Morning Meeting (9:00am – 9:55am) - Major Gifts for Small Land Trusts with David Cooper, Vice President, Land Trust Alliance and Don Owen, Senior Executive Consultant, Lands Trails and Parks Consulting

2014 Maryland Land Conservation Conference Agenda

Thursday, April 3, 2014 (Day 1):

8:30am - 4:00pm Registration
8:45pm - 9:45am Hot Breakfast & Networking
9:00am - 9:55am Morning Meeting
Large Landscape Conservation in the Chesapeake Watershed: Where Do You Fit In?
10:00am - 10:45am Keynote Address
Joe Gill, Department of Natural Resources Secretary
11:00am - 12:00pm
Concurrent Session I:
  • The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership: Explore How This Innovative Partnership is Conserving the Landscape of the JTHG National Heritage Area
    Track 1 - Communities, Culture & History
    Audience: All
  • Coastal Land Conservation: Climate Change Considerations in Land Conservation Targeting and Conservation Easements
    Track 2 - Emerging Issues
    Audience: Introductory
  • Where’s the Money? Strategies for Your Next Deal
    Track 3 - Fundraising, Marketing & Outreach
    Audience: All
  • Improving Water Quality through Partnership Building
    Track 4 - Water Quality
    Audience: All
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Concurrent Session II:
  • Keep Calm: Tackling Cultural Resources in Conservation Easements
    Track 1
  • Engaging Absentee Landowners in Conservation
    Track 2
  • Content Management: A Key to Marketing and Fundraising for the Small Land Trust
    Track 3
    Audience: Intermediate
  • Crediting Land Conservation in the TMDL
    Track 4
    Audience: All
2:20pm - 3:40pm
Concurrent Session III:
  • Indigenous Landscape Conservation
    Track 1
    Audience: All
  • Understanding the Link between Land Trust Standards and Practices, Assessing Your Organization and Land Trust Accreditation
    Track 2
  • Seal The Deal: Organizational Readiness & Bridge Financing
    Track 3
  • Part 1: Maintaining Maryland's Healthy Watersheds
    Track 4
    Audience: All
3:40pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Break
3:45pm - 5:30pm Field Trip
Fred J. Archibald Audubon Sanctuary
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Concurrent Session IV:
  • The People Speak: Community Stewardship of Forest Patches
    Track 1
    Audience: All
  • Trying Times: Important Lessons to be Learned from Recent Federal Tax Cases
    Track 2
    Audience: All
  • Savvy Risk Taking and Prevention
    Track 3
    Audience: All
  • Part 2: Conserving Maryland's Healthy Watersheds
    Track 4
    Audience: All
5:30pm - 7:30pm Evening Reception

Friday, April 4, 2014 (Day 2):

8:30am - 3:00pm Registration
8:45pm - 9:45am Hot Breakfast & Networking
9:00am - 9:55am
Concurrent Morning Meetings:
  • Stewardship Roundtable
  • Major Gifts for Small Land Trusts
10:00am - 11:00pm
Concurrent Session I:
  • Helping the Next Generation of Farmers Get Access to Farmland
    Track 5 - Agricultural Lands
    Audience: Intermediate
  • Quarterly Land Trust Roundtable Discussion
    Track 6 - Conservation Planning & Partnerships
    Audience: All
  • Working in Woodlands Across the Parcel Boundaries
    Track 7 - Easement Stewardship & Managing Resources
    Audience: All
  • Tools and Strategies for Large-Scale Landscape Conservation: The Mount Vernon Viewshed in PG County
    Track 8 - Smart Targeting & Landscape Conservation
    Audience: All
11:05am - 12:05pm
Concurrent Session II:
  • Ag BMPs that Work in Karst Lands
    Track 5
    Audience: Intermediate
  • Trends in Land Trust Collaborations and Mergers
    Track 6
  • Forest and Wildlife Management: Principles and Practices
    Track 7
    Audience: All
  • Using Social Marketing and Micro Targeting Strategies to Engage Private Land Owners in Conservation Stewardship
    Track 8
    Audience: All
12:05pm - 1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15pm - 3:00pm Field Trip
Monocacy Battlefield
1:15pm - 2:45pm
Concurrent Session III:
  • State of the State of Maryland Land Preservation Programs
    Track 5
    Audience: All
  • Chesapeake Working Land Conservation Strategy
    Track 6
    Audience: All
  • Strategic Positioning: The Sweet Spot Between Planning and Marketing
    Track 7
    Audience: Intermediate
  • Collaborative Efforts to Connect Large Landscape Conservation Across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
    Track 8
    Audience: All
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Concurrent Session IV:
  • Lessons from FAME: Getting Your Land Trust More Engaged in Preserving Farmland, Fostering Agriculture in a Time of Growing Environmental Concerns
    Track 5
    Audience: All
  • Scenic Byways Resource Protection Tool
    Track 6
    Audience: All
  • Better Stewardship through Landowner Relations
    Track 7
    Audience: All
  • Conservation Innovation: Using High Resolution Datasets to Target High Priority Conservation and Restoration Areas
    Track 8
    Audience: Intermediate
4:00pm END - Thank you for participating in the 2014 Land Conservation Conference


Click here to register online for the 2014 Maryland Land Conservation Conference.

Registration Options:

Day 1 – Thursday, April 3, 2014
$55 (If registered by Friday, March 14, 2014)
$68 (If registered by Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

Day 2 – Friday, April 4, 2014
$55 (If registered by Friday, March 14, 2014)
$68 (If registered by Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

Both Days – April 3 & 4, 2014
$110 (If registered by Friday, March 14,, 2014)
$135 (If registered by Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

Evening Reception – April 3, 2014
$15 (The evening reception is separate and not included in the conference
registration fee.)

Walk-in registrations will be accepted, provided there is availability (e.g., the event does not sell out). Walk-in and late registration is $80 for a single day, $160 for both days.

A limited number of student tickets are available for this year's conference. Please contact us before Friday, March 14, 2014 if you are interested in applying.

Payment must be made via online credit card or by check. Checks should be made payable to Maryland Environmental Trust and mailed to:

Maryland Environmental Trust
Attn: Sheila Orwig
100 Community Place, First Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
In the event that a registrant of the Maryland Land Conservation Conference cannot attend the conference scheduled for April 3-4, 2014, the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) must receive your written request for refund by close of business March 20, 2014. Cancellation requests received after Thursday, March 20, 2014 will not be refunded, and MET will not be liable for any incurred costs. No-shows who have registered, but have not paid, are liable for the registration and will be invoiced accordingly.


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April 3-4 - Adamstown, Claggett Center
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