Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award Ceremony

  •  Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Place: Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville, MD 21108 
  • Who's invited: Everyone!

The 2018 Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award will be given this year to Liana Vitali who is a Naturalist & Education Coordinator at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Ms. Vitali was nominated by Tanya Marushak who described Ms. Vitali as a tireless educator who works to maximize the number of students reached through a variety of educational programs with schools in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. Ms. Vitali helps schools with financial challenges apply for scholarship opportunities available through Friends of Jug Bay. She has also developed summer camp and internship opportunities for students that allow for a more in-depth exposure to local environmental issues and provides workshops for teachers and volunteers.

The Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award was established in 1994 by people who worked with Jan in preserving the environment. The award provides recognition to an individual or organization that has been especially effective in achieving environmental education in Anne Arundel County.

Jan exemplified citizen leadership of local land trusts in Maryland. She co-founded the Severn River Land Trust (predecessor of the Scenic Rivers Land Trust) and the Arundel Conservation Trust. She was the Izaac Walton League’s Conservationist of the Year in 1989 and the Capital newspaper’s Person of the Year for 1990. She is credited with coming up with the idea of the Critical Area, a State program enacted in the early 1980s to reduce the impact of development along the State’s shoreline.

The award is manged by a volunteer committee. Scenic Rivers Land Trust became the fiscal agent for the award several years ago. For information, please call SRLT at 410-424-4000.


Conservation Easement Breakfast Briefing for Tax, Legal, and Real Estate Professionals 

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • Federal House Bar & Grille – 22 Market Place, Annapolis, MD 21401
  • 8:30am – Breakfast Buffet Opens
  • 9:00a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Program


Over the last two years, Scenic Rivers Land Trust secured $2.3 million in grants for landowners who want to permanently protect their land. Join us for a breakfast buffet and an overview of the legal and tax framework of conservation easements. Learn about significant income, property, and estate tax benefits that might be available to your clients. Program highlights include updates to a local grant program that provides a per-acre cash incentive for landowners who protect forests and/or plant trees on qualified land. Scenic Rivers is the most active land trust in Anne Arundel County, holding 65 conservation easements that protect well over 2,700 acres.

Speakers Include:

  • Nina Fisher, Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Board President
  • Ben Wechsler, Linowes and Blocher, Partner
  • Kristen Maneval, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Senior Transactions Counsel
  • Dick Davies, CohnReznick, Partner
  • David Ballard, Champion Financial Planning Group, President
  • Sarah Knebel, Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Conservation Director 

Register for this no-fee event by October 15th 
Questions? Contact Sarah Knebel at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837.

SRLT educational programs are generously sponsored by BGE, the Mars Foundation, the Biophilia Foundation, and the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation.