Your Woods and Your Wallet Workshop May 3, 7-8:30pm

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 Osprey Protection Program

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 3/10 7-9pm

Landowner Happy Hour
At Pirates Cove Restaurant
Galesville, MD
Thursday, March 10th

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

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


Congress Passes Major Conservation Legistlation


Contact: Sarah Knebel
Easement Outreach Coordinator
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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

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