Maryland Environmental Trust Events

2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference

MET Conference


Maryland Environmental Trust invites you to submit a proposal for its 2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, June 8 at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, MD. The annual conference is the largest gathering of its kind in the state for land trusts, conservancies, local and state government agencies, and other advocates.

If you are a land trust, government agency, higher-ed institution, non-profit organization, business or other partner and are knowledgeable in an area of work relevant to Maryland’s conservation community, please submit an online session proposal for this year’s conference.

Concurrent sessions are split into multiple tracks. At this time, workshops will either be 75 or 90 minutes in length. All sessions will take place in ‘classroom style’ breakout room and will be equipped with the following AV and other supplies: PC laptop, projector, screen, flip chart and markers.

Completed proposals are due by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.



This path will reflect on the importance of stewardship and ongoing care of our protected lands and landowner relationships. Topics could include:

  • Event policies, agro-tourism and keeping conservation relevant
  • Effectively engaging the next generation of landowners
  • Solar energy and agriculture
  • Renewable energy and land use – policy, planning and management
  • Technology and tools for conservation
  • Other


This path will highlight partnerships and investments in land and water initiatives. Sessions should emphasize collaborative projects, partnerships and programs to protect land and water resources across spectrums. Topics could include:

  • Crediting conservation in TDML
  • Funding opportunities for land and water conservation
  • Bridging the gap – the connection among land, water and public health
  • Ecosystem restoration and best management practices
  • Other


This path explores creative ways to grow your organization and will highlight the good works of Maryland‘s local land trusts and partners. This is your chance to share your unique experiences, programs and tips on growing partnerships and engaging your local community. Topics could include:

  • Regional coordination for comprehensive planning
  • Innovative partnerships in the conservation spectrum
  • Community engagement
  • Mergers and/or other partnership structures
  • Programming to create healthy initiatives
  • Other


This path will focus on essential tools and techniques to sustain and strengthen organizational capacity. Topics could include:

  • Succession planning
  • How to communicate in a conflict
  • Capacity building
  • Marketing for land trusts
  • Board recruitment and development
  • Other


  • No more than 4 individuals can present on a panel or workshop. We strive to have a combination of interactive sessions and lecture-style presentation. Please be sure to include time for questions and discussion.
  • Speakers agree to grant permission to MET for hard copy and online distribution of presentation materials.
  • Notification of proposal status will be sent in late February 2017.
  • To help keep conference costs affordable, MET does not pay honoraria, travel, per diem or other costs for conference speakers.
  • If selected, all speaker and workshop details must be submitted no later than March 31, 2017.
  • You are welcome to submit more than one proposal (separate online applications)

For more information please contact Michelle at 410-514-7915.

Land Trust Roundtables

Maryland Environmental Trust’s next series of Land Trust Roundtables will be held to discuss land trust stewardship challenges and a shared vision to address these challenges. Roundtable meetings will tackle big issues around technology; volunteers; recordkeeping; stewardship responsibilities and work to build a solution to solve these challenges.

Mark your calendars for the following Tuesdays:

February 28, 2017
June 27, 2017

Future Roundtable details, including RSVP information and meeting locations will be available soon. Please check back here for more information. For more information please contact Michelle at  410-514-7915.

2016 Maryland Land Conservation Conference and Summit

On behalf of the Maryland Environmental Trust, THANK YOU for participating in the 2016 Maryland Land Conservation Conference on May 5 at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights and Summit on May 6 at Quiet Waters Park.

We greatly appreciate your role in making this annual event a huge success!

Please CLICK HERE for presentation materials and photos.