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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.

Click here to learn learn more

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: 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

  • 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

  • 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

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.


Advertizement

SRLT Fundraiser Dinner

Brian Boru Restaurant and Pub
489 Ritchie Hwy #103, 
Severna Park, MD 21146
Wednesday, August 3rd  2016
5pm-10pm

Cost: $25 for a 3 course meal
Carry out option!

Scenic Rivers is excited to be the beneficiary of a fundraiser dinner Brian Boru is putting on in August! They have created a menu just for fundraiser participants – all you need to do is go to Brian Boru’s between 5 and 10 pm and ask to order off the scenic rivers land trust fundraiser menu to support us. You can even get carry out – just make sure they know you want to support us! For every $25 meal, Brian Boru will donate $10 to SRLT! What a deal – we hope to see you there!

To see the pre-set menu for the fundraiser dinner, please click here


Stewardship Training
Tuesday, June 28
6:30pm-8:00pm

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Building
177 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

Calling all volunteers! We need help stewarding all 62 of our easements this year. If you would like to help us do so and get to enjoy the outdoors while visiting beautiful properties, please come!

Stewardship involves contacting a conservation easement landowner, phyically visiting and walking around a property that has a conservation easement placed on it, and taking pictures and notes about how the property is being managed (usually a 1-2 hour visit). Stewards finish their visit, and log their pictures and observations in the Scenic Rivers Monitoring Report Form, and send it to Sarah Knebel (another 1-2 hours). She will be happy to answer any questions you have. 

This training will walk you through the process of how to interact with landowners, what to look for on properties, how to record pictures and observations including filliing out the Monitoring Report Form. It's simple to learn!

The perks of being a steward volunteer is you get the chance to visit beautiful private properties and enjoy walking in the outdoors while helping a land trust ensure that all of the land in conserveration easement is being taken care of properly.  

Volunteers need to be 18 years or older.


Please RSVP to Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested!


Join Us for a 
Preservation Paddle!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016
6:00-8:00pm

Discovery Village
4800 Atwell Rd, Shady Side, MD 20764
 

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust are teaming up for a fun kayak paddle to visit West & Rhode Riverkeeper restoration sites as well as permanently protected property. Come join us and learn about what it means to preserve and protect land, all while enjoying a beautiful kayak paddle. Its a great opportunity to meet SRLT staff and ask questions about preservation options for your own land. Paddle will be approximately 4-6 miles.

Reservations: Please contact Sarah Knebel via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say you're coming and need a kayak, paddle and/or life jacket. We have a limited number of kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets, so let us know ahead of time if you need to borrow!

Please feel free to bring your own kayak(s), paddle(s), and lifejacket(s), but please still RSVP so we know how many people are coming.


SRLT Presents It's New Logonew SRLT logo photo

Conserving land is straightforward and unambiguous; it preserves forests, sustains farmlands, maintains open spaces and safeguards water quality.

The public increasingly understands the critical need to fortify our natural land base to meet current and future environmental challenges by increasing our stock of protected open spaces. Government has responded to this public demand with newly enhanced tax benefits.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust's (SRLT) new logo depicts our clear and contemporary vision, capturing a renewed energy for conservation easements. Jointly, simple green and simple blue symbolize the tightly interwoven connections between water and land, conveying our strengthened commitment to land conservation and water quality protection in Anne Arundel County.

 


Call for Nominations for:
The Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award

The Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award is given out each year to the person who epitomizes environmental education in Anne Arundel County. The Award was given last year, 2015, to Hilary Thompson (Old Mill Middle School North) and her husband, Ben Thompson (George Fox Middle School), the first joint awardees in the history of the Award.

Carlo Martini R. Echiverri, AP Environmental Science Teacher, South River High School, was given the Award in 2014 for his excellence in teaching. Past awardees include educators such as Suzanne Kilby Etgen (Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center - 2011), scientists (Sally G. Horner, Ph.D., 2003), environmental activists (William ‘Billie’ Moulden, 1999), and those serving in government (Senator Gerald Winegrad, 1995).

The award this year will be given on

Thursday,
September 29, 2016
Beginning at 6:30 pm
At Arlington Echo.

The Award is named after Jan Hollmann, an environmental activist who died in 1990 at the age of 44. Jan created one of the first land trust in Maryland (the Severn River Land Trust, which subsequently became the Scenic Rivers Land Trust). She also came up with the idea for the critical area law enacted by the state legislature in 1984. The Award Committee is looking for nominations for those people who exemplify the commitment to environmental education shown by Jan Hollmann.

The nomination form can be found here.

Please contact Pierre Henkart at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your nominations.
Thank you very much for your help with this and the Committee wishes you all a happy and safe spring and summer.


Your Woods and Your Wallet: A workshop for Maryland landowners

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Deale Community Library
5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale, MD 20751


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 goals

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


Registration is FREE but required by 4/30
To register go to our online registration form, or contact Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837
 


 For more information, please contact Sarah Knebel 

 

This event is sponsored by the Maryland Environmental Trust and State Highways Administration

 


BGE Launches Program to Protect Ospreys and Electric Service Reliability
Osprey Watch Calls on Customers to Report Nests Sighted on Utility Equipment


Baltimore, MD – (March 9, 2016) – March marks the annual return of ospreys to the Chesapeake Bay and also the likelihood that their nests will appear
osprey nest depositphotoon Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) electric equipment. These nests endanger the birds and may cause power outages.
                                                                


To protect the ospreys and help BGE continue the safe and reliable delivery of electricity, the company has launched a nest identification program called Osprey Watch. Any customer who identifies a nest on or near utility equipment, such as power lines and poles, should let BGE know immediately by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. BGE will dispatch a trained crew to either shield the birds and nests from the equipment or remove the nest.

“Osprey Watch is an innovative program that provides our customers with a way to protect ospreys while also helping prevent power outages,” said Rob Biagiotti, BGE’s vice president of customer operations and chief customer officer. “BGE has a longstanding commitment to the environment which has always included a comprehensive plan to protect wildlife. We have an obligation to provide smart energy solutions and Osprey Watch now enables everyone to help ensure that ospreys can have a safe nesting season on the Chesapeake Bay.” 

How customers can help:

  • When you see an osprey nest on BGE equipment, report the location of the osprey nest via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide the following information:
    • If the pole is easily accessible, please send us the pole number, located on a placard near eye level on the pole.
    • If the pole is not easily accessible, please send us the nearest address to the pole and attach photos of the pole (taken from different perspectives if possible).
Once a nest is reported, BGE will remove the nest if no birds or eggs are present. The nest will be relocated where possible. If the nest is inhabited, deterrents will be placed on the electric equipment to shield the birds and nests and mitigate the risks of contact

“BGE has been recognized by groups like Audubon Maryland-DC and Wildlife Habitat Council for the bird-friendly areas and natural habitats we’ve created throughout our service territory,” said Alex Nunez, BGE’s vice president of governmental and external affairs and member of the Audubon Maryland-DC board. “This is an opportunity to engage our customers so they can contribute to keeping ospreys safe which also helps us reliably deliver electricity.”

There have been 123 osprey outage events since 2006, with the vast majority occurring between April and August. The most impacted areas are located along the Chesapeake Bay and include Havre de Grace, near Martin State Airport, south Baltimore, south of Annapolis, and Shady Side to Deale in Anne Arundel County.

To view a video of a previous osprey nest relocation, please click here.

BGE Reliability

Since 2006, the number of total electric outages has decreased 43 percent, and electric outage length has been reduced by 38 percent. BGE continually invests in its infrastructure, including more than $6 billion in system upgrades since 2002, which is expected to lead to fewer outages and faster restoration when outages do occur.

Landowner Happy Hour
At Pirates Cove Restaurant
Galesville, MD
Thursday, March 10th
7-9pm

Protect your land and gain income and property tax relief through conservation easements!

Big things happened at the end of last year for conservation easements - particularly, much better income tax incentives. Come learn about how you can protect the legacy of your land forever, and save even more money than before in income and property taxes. This will be a short but informative conversation led by Scenic Rivers Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that has been helping conserve the beautiful lands of Anne Arundel County for the last 25 years.

Talk about taxes always goes better with complimentary drinks and appetizers!

RSVP much appreciated: please contact Sarah Knebel, Easement Outreach Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837


The History of Protecting the South River Greenway
 Sunrise at BRNA
The turn of the year is always a time of reflection for us here at SRLT. We were looking back on all of the effort going into protecting the South River Greenway (SRG), from a wealth of partners - years of advocacy, networking, millions of dollars, neighbor support, and hundreds of volunteer hours.


To top it off, all of us - SRLT, SRF, USFWS, AACo, MORE, MET - aren’t done yet. We are in it for the long haul - more protected land, more stream restoration, and more public access are what’s in the queue for this year and every year to come.


We’re proud to be a part of the movement.


To read a brief but very informative history of the protection of SRG, look here.


Photo Credit: Wendy Crowe
Posted: 01/12/2016

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sarah Knebel
Easement Outreach Coordinator
410-980-6837 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust:
Congress Passes Major Conservation Legislation
With Important Local Benefits



Annapolis, Maryland (Dec. 28, 2015) – Scenic Rivers Land Trust, a nonprofit working to protect land in Anne Arundel County, praises a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation.

Private landowners, farmers and the public will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages landowners to place a conservation easement on their land to protect important natural, scenic and historic resources. Scenic Rivers Land Trust was among the 1,100 land trusts to support the incentive through a collaborative, multi-year campaign.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust is a member of the Land Trust Alliance, the national land conservation organization that led the campaign for permanence.

“The importance of this vote – and this incentive – cannot be overstated,” said Rand Wentworth, the Alliance’s president. “This is the single greatest legislative action in decades to support land conservation. It states, unequivocally, that we as a nation treasure our lands and must conserve their many benefits for all future generations.”

In a strong bipartisan action, the House voted 318-109 and the Senate voted 65-33 to pass the bills that included the tax incentive.

First enacted as a temporary provision in 2006, the incentive is directly responsible for conserving more than 2 million acres of America’s natural outdoor heritage. The incentive grants certain tax benefits to landowners who sign a conservation easement. Such private, voluntary agreements with local land trusts permanently limit uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. Lands placed into conservation easements can continue to be farmed, hunted or used for other specified purposes. The lands also remain on county tax rolls, strengthening local economies.

“The incentive grants access for the middle class to participate in conservation easements, allowing them to carry forward their tax deduction for 15 years instead of the previous 5 year limit, and deduct up to 50% of their income - an important increase from the previous 30% limit.” sajd Rick Leader, Scenic Rivers Land Trust’s Executive Director. “These enhancements makes it financially viable for so many more people to protect their land for forever.”

Signed into law on Friday, December 18, 2015, the incentive will be applied retroactively to January 1, 2015. An earlier version of the incentive expired December 31, 2014.

The incentive advanced through Congress as part of the America Gives More Act, a package of tax incentives to encourage charitable giving. It passed the House earlier this year, 279-137. A standalone version of the incentive, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, earned 52 Senate sponsors this year, including 26 Democrats, 24 Republicans and 2 Independents. The agreement additionally encourages donations to food banks and facilitates charitable deductions from IRAs. The Maryland delegation is to be applauded for their enthusiastic support.



About Scenic Rivers Land Trust
SRLT is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3), non-governmental organization that works to protect the scenic and natural qualities of the Severn, South, Rhode, West, and Patuxent Rivers and their surrounding lands in Anne Arundel County. SRLT holds conservation easements on 61 properties, totaling over 2,740 acres, or one percent (1%) of the land in Anne Arundel County. SRLT has been preserving land in Anne Arundel County since 1988.  It is governed by a Board of Directors that is drawn from the community we serve. More information about SRLT is available at srlt.org

About the Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.





Bistro Social downsized

Join us for a special evening at this year-end event. For every $100 donated, you can reserve one ticket to a memorable evening.

Join our board in recognizing your fellow generous donors and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

The Bistro's Executive Chef, Frederick Daniel, C.E.C., is formerly of the Baltimore Country Club and the Country Club of Virginia, as well as having a stellar history with prestigious Washington restaurants.

Chef Daniel will share his culinary magic with a demonstration that will send everyone home with a special treat.

Tickets will sell out fast so donate and reserve your tickets today!

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Conservation Easement Breakfast Briefing Attracts CEBrief 2015 speakers

51 Participants!

 

On September 15th, Scenic Rivers Land Trust held a Conservation Easement Breakfast Briefing at the DoubleTree Hotel in 

Annapolis. The briefing explained the legal and tax mechanics of conservation easements to local law, tax, and real estate professionals. Though it was geared towards those professionals, everyone was welcome. A wide variety of professionals attended, as well as local landowners.

“Thanks to Dick Davies, Ben Wechsler, Dave Ballard, Rick Leader, and Nina Fisher the morning was full of informative presentations,” said SRLT Easement Outreach Coordinator Sarah Knebel. She also thanked attending SRLT Board members for helping the event run smoothly.

“I would like to especially recognize our sponsors who made this event possible: The Paul & Maxine Frohring Foundation, The Brick Companies, DavCo/Wendys, Elm Street Development and PNC,” said Knebel.

2015 CEBriefing Table

SRLT hopes that through this briefing and the relationships built there that the professional community of Anne Arundel County will have a greater awareness of the opportunities available for creative land preservation and that Scenic Rivers Land Trust is a resource for the entire county concerning conserving land.

 
Photos: Top: Speakers: Dick Davies, David Ballard, and Nina Fisher (left to right) Bottom: A group of attending friends, new and old.

 


 

Annual Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award 

  • Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015
  • 6:30 P.M.

You are invited to join us in celebrating with those who preserve and protect our natural environment. The Annual Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award will be presented to:

  • Ben Thompson, George Fox Middle School
  • Hilary Thompson, Old Mill Middle School North


R.S.V.P. BY SEPTEMBER 25, ACCEPTANCE ONLY

To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The “Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award” was establishedin 1994 by her family, friends and those who served with Jan in preserving the Severn River Watershed. This award provides perpetual recognition to an individual or organization who has been especially effective in achieving environmental education in Anne Arundel County.
Donations to the “Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award” maybe given at the award ceremony or sent to:

Jan Hollmann Award
Scenic Rivers Land Trust
PO Box 2008 
Annapolis, Maryland 21404



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

  • September 15, 2015
  • 8:30am - 10:00am
  • DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton - 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

Registration for this no-fee event is required by September 9th 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.

See flyer here


 

Hawkins Road Pilot Trail Building

Sunday, August 23rd starting at 10am

At every Walk for the Woods, participants ask us about opportunities for public access to Bacon Ridge and often volunteer to help with trail building. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!

AAC Recreation & Parks has contracted with Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) and volunteers from TrailWerks Cyclery to create the first hiker/biker trail in Bacon Ridge Natural Area near the intersection of Hawkins Road and I-97.

Many joyous Sundays of work are planned and they would love your help on their kick-off work day. This will be tough (but fun) trail building work. You will be required to sign a liability waiver. Please bring working-in-the-dirt shoes and clothes, and if you have them, work gloves. 



For more information visit the Bacon Ridge Project Facebook Page call Trailwerks Cyclery at  and to make a donation to support this project visit MORE
Cliff Andew Starts Another Adventure


  July 31, 2015 - August 16, 2015DocBear Close up


Cliff Andrews, "DocBear", former president of SRLT Board of Directors once again takes to the Appalachian Trail to benefit SRLT and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

In his words: 

 "Over the years as a physician I have developed an understanding of the importance of physical exercise in health; as a naturalist, a sense of wonder in our natural world; and as local land trust president, an appreciation of the importance of preserving remaining wild and natural areas. Each summer I take a couple of weeks off from doctoring to pursue challenging outdoor activities, immersing myself in the wonders of nature, and raising both awareness and much-needed funds for conservation.

Consequently, in the past 12 years with 5 marathons, 4 bike rides, and 3 backpacking trips I have raised over $75,000 for both the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, which has now preserved over 3000 acres of natural areas, and for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which protects and maintains a 2200 mile rustic footpath from Georgia to Maine along America’s eastern spine. 

Three years ago I started a 10-year planned section hike along the entire 2200-mile Appalachian Trail: in 2012 from Springer Mountain Georgia to North Carolina, in 2013 from North Carolina to Tennessee, and in 2014 from Tennessee to Virginia. This summer, I plan to pick up where I left off last year, backpacking 200 miles from Bland VA to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I will carry everything I need on my back (food, water, sleeping bag & tent) hiking between 12-15 miles per day from July 31 through August 16 joining up with my brother along the way.  I plan to eventually complete this journey atop Mount Katahdin in Maine on my 75th birthday on September 10, 2021.

I am making this trek in effort to raise $7500 for preservation of wilderness areas. I am seeking 100 pledges of $25 (12.5¢/mi); 50 pledges of $50 (25¢/mi); and 25 pledges of $100 (50¢/mi). I am asking that you please consider making a tax-deductible contribution either directly by credit card on the secure websites below, or by check to either or both of the following conservation organizations:

http://www.srlt.org/support-srlt/donate/
The Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Attn: Dr Andrew’s Fundraiser


https://www.appalachiantrail.org/promo/docbear
Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Attn: Dr Andrew’s Fundraiser

You may follow the course of my trek from July 31-Aug 16 on my daily blog B4P4 Backpacking For Preservation IV:     https://www.facebook.com/events/898265483571815/ "                     

Adopt-A-Plot! 


 

Logo design by Meredith Van de Kamp

A few years ago, Bay Ridge residents rose to the challenge and preserved 90 acres to forest within their community.  Now they need helpers to rise to the cause and help protect these beautiful woods from invasive plants that take over and strangle the trees.

Bay Ridge is launching their Adopt A Plot program in August 2015, where a person or household commits to cutting vines from trees in a small patch of forest once a year to keep invasives from taking over - that's it!  Very easy, very helpful and rewarding.

Read Bay Ridge's article to learn more, and here's a great illustration on it's importance.

 

South River Greenway Happy Hour - July 29, 2015


 

Greene Turtle Logo

  • Wednesday July 29th
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • The Greene Turtle in Waugh Chapel Towne Center: 2383 Brandermill BlvdGambrills, MD 21054 
Join the Scenic Rivers Land Trust for an informal discussion on:

²Opening public access to Bacon Ridge Natural Area;
²How protecting your land can provide property, income and estate tax benefits; and
²Advocating the use of Forest Conservation Act funds for providing cash incentives to preserve forest lands.

SRLT has special interest in the South River Greenway (the headwaters of the South River). We hold the easement on the county’s 1000-acre Bacon Ridge Natural Area, which you may know from our annual Walk for the Woods held on this scenic parcel.

Come to our Happy Hour to learn about:

The intricacies of conservation easement, which isa legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust to preserve the conservation values of private landssuch as forests, scenic vistasandwildlife habitat. Easements may allow significant  propertyincome and estate tax deductions. For more information visit srlt.org, or come meet us for a cold drink and snacks; we will be happy to fill you in.
Wwould like help in advocating the use of Forest Conservation Act (FCA) funds to purchase conservation easements from landowners; however, we need to know the potential interest in this approach. Come learn how other landowners have realized significant tax savings and preserved their private lands for successive generations.

We will be offering complimentary light fare and drinks.

RSVP required by July 27th
Sarah Knebel
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(410) 980 - 6837

 Preservation Paddle! July 17, 2015


 

  • Friday, July 17th, 2015kayaking West River
  • 6:00-8:00pm
  • Discovery Villiage: 4800 Atwell Rd, Shady Side, MD 20764

 

The West Rhode Riverkeeper and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust are teaming up for a fun kayak paddle to visit some restoration sites and property protected by SRLT. Come join us and learn about what it means to preserve and protect land, all while enjoying a beautiful kayak paddle. Its a great opportunity to meet SRLT staff and ask questions about preservation options for your own land.

Reservations: Please contact Sarah Knebel via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say you're coming and need a kayak, paddle and/or life jacket. We have a limited number of kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets, so let us know ahead of time if you need to borrow!

Please feel free to bring your own kayak(s), paddle(s), and lifejacket(s), but please still RSVP so we know how many people are coming.

We plan to start paddling at 6:00pm, so please plan to arrive around 5:30 to get set up.

Great Give 2015


Every year the Anne Arundel Community Foundation puts on a 24 hour fundraising drive for all the non-profits of Anne Arundel County. This year it was on May5 - 6 and  was once again successful for us - YOU raised over $4,000 for land preservation! We thank you for that! We'll be putting towards supporting our outreach efforts for landowners, as well as monitoring the easements we hold.

 
 

SRLT Announces Goal to Protect 5,000 Acres by 2016


SRLT released its Campaign to 2016 on the summer solstice, the date with the most daylight hours and the perfect time to launch such a major undertaking. You can find our "Building on Success...Protecting Priority Open Space in Anne Arundel County for Wildlife and People" Campaign to 2016 here.

 

Neighborhood Coffees

Promote land preservation in your neighborhood and educate your neighbors by hosting a small group of people at your house or other location for a brief presentation by SRLT staff.  We will provide a basic overview of land protection to date in Anne Arundel County, review opportunities in your neighborhood, explain how a conservation easement works, and outline the property tax and income tax savings that an easement can provide.  For more information or to schedule, call executive director Rick Leader at 410-310-6541 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Organization Presentations

SRLT staff always welcomes the opportunity to speak to community associations, service groups or business and professional organizations.  We can provide a ten to twenty minute presentation that is keyed to the location and demographics of the group. For more information or to schedule, call executive director Rick Leader at 410-310-6541 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Technical Briefings on Conservation Easements

Targeted at legal, accounting, wealth management and real estate professionals, these brief presentations can provide the latest information on legal and tax issues for conservation easements.  SRLT can provide information that will help professionals in the field quickly identify and begin to evaluate potential easement opportunities. For more information or to schedule, call executive director Rick Leader at 410-310-6541 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SRLT's 50th conservation easement, on the Patuxent River in Lothian.


 

Since 1988, the Scenic Rivers Land Trust (SRLT) has been protecting land in Anne Arundel County.  We work with landowners to safeguard their land in the manner that best suits their needs and priorities.  Our professional staff guides landowners in the creation of legal land preservation agreements that define how their property will be protected and can make them eligible for significant property tax savings, large charitable deductions and estate tax savings.  SRLT currently manages conservation easements on 60 properties, totaling over 2,600 acres. SRLT also works with Anne Arundel County and other local government entities to provide on-the-ground support and research that informs the selection of priority lands for government purchase or protection.   This work has resulted in the protection of thousands of additional acres.