Conservation Easement Breakfast Briefing Attracts 51 Participants!

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

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


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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

9/15/2015: Breakfast Briefing on Conservation Easements

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.

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Hawkins Road Pilot Trail Building

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 Andrew "DocBear" Starts Another Adventure

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:
The Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Attn: Dr Andrew’s Fundraiser
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: "