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Big News for Forests!

Anne Arundel County and the Chesapeake Bay Trust have created a $1 million grant program to encourage conservation easements to protect forested land. Landowners can improve their neighborhoods, protect local streams and be well compensated. Scenic Rivers Land Trust (SRLT) has been protecting land in Anne Arundel County since 1988 and stands ready to assist landowner in accessing these funds to protect their family land.

The county is using existing Forest Conservation Act funds for the innovative grant program to provide landowners with cash incentives to put conservation easements on forested properties or on properties appropriate for tree planting.

  • Payments of $3,000+ per acre
  •  Landowners still own and enjoy their land
  •  Assistance provided for forest management
  •  No public access required
  •  Land must be placed in a perpetual conservation easement with a qualified land trust

 

A conservation easement may also qualify landowners for additional income tax deductions, reductions in property tax and lower estate taxes. The incentive payment and tax reductions compensate the landowner for a portion of both forest management expenses and the value lost from relinquishing development rights.


This program is not complicated, but there are many details. SRLT can help walk landowners through the opportunity and help them decide if it matches their goals for their land. While there is no specific limit, SRLT believes that this program is best suited to properties of 10 acres or more.

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For more information contact Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837.


Paddle & Potluck on the Patuxent with the Patuxent Riverkeeper Date: Saturday, November 5th

Paddle & Potluck on the Patuxent with the Patuxent Riverkeeper

Date: Saturday, November 5th

  • Paddle: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Fire and Potluck: 4:00-6:30pm 
  • Meet at the:
    Patuxent Riverkeeper Center
    17412 Nottingham Road
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 

SRLT is partnering with Patuxent Riverkeeper to celebrate the Patuxent and the importance of land conservation to our rivers. Join us on a paddle led by the Patuxent Riverkeeper - bring your own or rent your gear on site at the actual location where British soldiers landed during the War of 1812. Stick around after the paddle and enjoy a bonfire (it’s Guy Fawkes Day, after all). Enjoy potluck with the Patuxent Riverkeeper and SRLT staff for a fun evening. Please bring a dish to share.

Register HERE today!

Kayak + lifejackets + Paddle rentals can be done through the Patuxent Riverkeeper online shop beforehand or, when you  arrive on site november 5th

This event is partially sponsored by BGE

Land Conservation 101 for Landowners 9/29

 Land Conservation 101 for landowners

  • Date: Thursday, September 29th
  • Time: 2:00-4:00pm
  • Where: Crofton Community Library - 1681 Riedel Rd, Crofton, MD 21114

 

Have you thought about preserving your land, but aren’t quite sure what that entails? Learn about the basics of conservation easements and what this opportunity can do for you. SRLT staff will provide information, options, and answers to your questions.

The information discussed during this workshop is geared towards landowners with 10 or more acres of land.

A FREE workshop, but registration is required by Sept. 27 - Register HERE today!

For more information contact Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410 980 6837

This event is sponsored by the Paul & Maxine Frohring Foundation.


Your Woods and Your Wallet: A Workshop for Maryland Landowners 10/5

Your Woods and Your Wallet: A workshop for Maryland Landowners

  • Date: Wednesday, October 5th
  • Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Where: Crofton Community Library - 1681 Riedel Rd, Crofton, MD 21114

 

Having woods on your property benefits wildlife, the air you breathe and your local streams. Your woods can also benefit your wallet. Scenic Rivers Land Trust and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay are hosting a workshop to discuss the many economic incentives and opportunities available to Maryland woodland owners.

Learn how to

  • Assess and enhance the value of your woodland
  • Reduce property taxes
  • Access conservation tools & financial incentive programs
  • Select professionals to help you meet your goal

The information discussed during this workshop is geared towards landowners with 5 or more acres of woods.

Registration is FREE but required by 10/3 - Register HERE today!

For more information please contact Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837

This event is partially sponsored by BGE.


Breakfast Briefing on Conservation Easements for Tax, Legal and Real Estate Professionals 9/13/2016

Breakfast Briefing on Conservation Easements
for Tax, Legal and Real Estate Professionals

Tuesday September 13th, 2016
8:30am-10am

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
210 Holiday Ct, Annapolis, MD 21401

As we enjoy a continental breakfast, there will be an overview of the legal and tax framework of conservation easements and an introduction to the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, the most active land trust in Anne Arundel County with 61 easements on 2,700 acres. Highlights include recent congressional action that makes the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements permanent and allows landowners to carry forward income tax deductions for 15 years.

Registration for this no-fee event is required by September 7th by contacting Sarah Knebel, SRLT Easement Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837.

This event is funded by the Paul & Maxine Frohring Foundation.