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

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, 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


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 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

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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

Big News for Forests!


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.

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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.