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Our view: Trail Building and Public Access in Bacon Ridge

Our View: Trail Building and Public Access in Bacon Ridge

As many of you may have seen in a recent Capital article, a small group has tried to inject politics into public access to Bacon Ridge Natural Area. It is important that this unfortunate effort in no way dishonors the hundreds of hours of volunteer work expended by county residents in building the public hiker/biker trails. These trails are enjoyed by hundreds of bikers, runners and hikers. Current issues aside, Scenic Rivers Land Trust (SRLT) fully supports the continued volunteer effort for responsibly extending the trails.

I, for one, spent several Sundays helping to build the Bacon Ridge trails during the first two phases. I also regularly enjoy running the trails. I know that both County Executive Steve Schuh and Steuart Pittman support the volunteers and champion more public access. Both recognize that the county has a moral and legal obligation to both serve its citizens and protect our public spaces, history, and natural resources. 

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and SRLT – the two co-holders of the Bacon Ridge conservation easement - have approved every request by the county to allow trail building. Those approvals came with modest conditions. SRLT was informed by the county that the start of Phase 3 had potential violations of these conditions, and the county was going to pause the volunteer effort until the problems were remedied. Unlike a park, Bacon Ridge is designated as a Natural Area, meaning that additional protections are in place to safeguard its natural resources. Legally, SRLT and MET are obligated to advise the county so that it can stay in compliance with the conservation easement that protects the valuable cultural and natural resources of this beautiful Natural Area.  

We look forward to additional trails in the near future and fully support the effort to construct these trails under the careful guidance of the County’s Department of Recreation and Parks. We well recognize the increased quality of life that access to Bacon Ridge brings to our community. For those interested in more detail, I have attached a brief article.

Nina Fisher
President
Scenic Rivers Land Trust


Public Notice: Scenic Rivers Land Trust applies for National Accreditation

Scenic Rivers Land Trust
National Accreditation Application
Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice
August 15, 2018

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Scenic Rivers Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The land trust accreditation program conducts an extensive review of each applicant's policies and programs. "Accreditation is one of the many ways we can show the public that they can trust us, that we are doing good work, and that our organization is strong. We will be proud to be named one of the leading land trusts in the state. Out of the 45+ lands trusts in Maryland, only 5 are currently accredited," said Sarah Knebel, Conservation Director at Scenic Rivers Land Trust.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Scenic Rivers Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Scenic Rivers Land Trust's application will be most useful by October 28, 2018. 


GreenGive: 24hr online fundraiser June 12-13 5pm

Green Give 2018: June 12 - June 13

Kickoff event: Tuesday, June 12 5:30-7:30pm

St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Eastport

The GreenGive is a local, environmentally-focused, online initiative designed to both raise funds and expand residents' and businesses' engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions. In 2017, its inaugural year, the GreenGive raised over $209,000 to support local efforts to restore the waterways of Anne Arundel County. 

This year, 11 organizations (including Scenic Rivers) are banding together to make an even bigger impact to clean our local waterways. For a little more than 24 hours, we will invite the Anne Arundel County Community to join our online fundraising drive with us to support clean water in our own communities. The online drive will begin on Tuesday, June 12th at 5pm.

Learn more at http://www.greengive.org/


 

Join us for Walk for the Woods! April 28, 2018

Walk for the Woods 2018walk T shirt 2018 final for approval

Saturday, April 28th, 2018
7:00am - 3:00pm
Farm Road, Bacon Ridge Natural Area, Crownsville, MD

Get ready for another relaxing and beautiful day walking in the woods at Bacon Ridge Natural Area. Scenic Rivers Land Trust and Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation and Parks are partnering once again to provide a day of guided hikes and ongoing programs. Go to www.SRLT.org for more information. Free admission.

Rain date: Sunday, April 29th, 2018 from 7:00am to 3:00pm.

Do you have questions or want to volunteer for this event? Email Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 410 980 6837

Click here for more information.

 


SRLT's Position on the Proposed Crownsville Sports Complext

Our Current Thinking: Crownsville Hospital Center Sports Complex Proposal

The proposed sports complex for the Crownsville Hospital Center has generated wide-ranging conversations within the community, and we have received numerous inquires about it. We are watching the development of this proposal closely. To know our current thinking, please read this document.
For those of you not aware of the proposal, here is the link to more information

Date: 1/5/2018