After the PTLT sponsored event, at the UMD CBL in Solomons, we had a lovely dinner with Becky Benton (organizer of the whole day), the speakers, Dr Pilkey and artist Mary Edna Fraser, and key guests.
Thank you to Diep Nguyen Van Houtte for the guest accommodations at her charming bayside country retreat.
A very successful and interesting day. The event was totally booked!
We closed on the Hemlock Preserve easement in July - and received the check from the Nature Conservancy in mid-August. Board members and volunteers are working on easement documentation.
Early next month we will hear whether our proposal for easement procurement funding and for expansion of the Huntersville Rural Legacy Area has been approved. If so, funding will not be released until December or early next year. We can’t commit to spending until the easement projects are approved by DNR and money has been released. We can continue preparing our easement packages though (short of contracted work).
The outreach committee worked only through email (a break from all the meetings) this summer. We begin meetings again this month. The weather was outstanding for our boat charter to Cambridge on the Eastern Shore. We staffed an information table at the U MD Chesapeake Center for Environmental Sciences (Chesapeake Biological Lab in Solomons) open house.
Pete Neus has been able to get an invitation for us to have an information table at the Sotterley Riverside Wine Fest on the 5th and 6th of October. We need volunteer help for this event since the hours will be long.
We could use some volunteers to help staff our display that day, since it is in conflict with the monitor training Robert Willey is coordinating with Maryland Environmental Trust. This training, to be held at Summerseat Farm (with lunch provided) is open to all who might be interested in becoming monitors for us or for MET or who would like to refresh their training. Robert will be looking to get a full staff of volunteer monitors – the monitoring season is almost upon us.
Finally, we will be attending the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Raleigh, NC starting on the 17th of October.
Frank Allen, President PTLT
This winter PTLA received a prestigious Janice Hollmann grant to further its land conservation efforts.
The $2,000 grant awarded by the Maryland Environmental Trust will be used to help PTLT underwrite its administrative and outreach needs for our outreach work to property owners.
Hollmann Grants are awarded to land trusts within Maryland. All grants require a 100 percent match from the land trust of in-kind services and privately raised funds and are subject to a competitive application process.
“We’re delighted to receive this grant for a number of reasons,” says PTLT President Frank Allen. “Besides helping further our mission, earning a Hollmann Grant demonstrates to the wider world of conservation the depth and breadth of our organization’s growth and accomplishments since its founding 23 years ago.”