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. 

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


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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

Click here for more information.


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!

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.

Click here to learn learn more

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.

Paddle & Potluck on the Patuxent with the Patuxent Riverkeeper

Date: Saturday, November 5th

  • Paddle: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Fire and Potluck: 4:00-6:30pm 
  • Meet at the:
    Patuxent Riverkeeper Center
    17412 Nottingham Road
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 

SRLT is partnering with Patuxent Riverkeeper to celebrate the Patuxent and the importance of land conservation to our rivers. Join us on a paddle led by the Patuxent Riverkeeper - bring your own or rent your gear on site at the actual location where British soldiers landed during the War of 1812. Stick around after the paddle and enjoy a bonfire (it’s Guy Fawkes Day, after all). Enjoy potluck with the Patuxent Riverkeeper and SRLT staff for a fun evening. Please bring a dish to share.

Register HERE today!

Kayak + lifejackets + Paddle rentals can be done through the Patuxent Riverkeeper online shop beforehand or, when you  arrive on site november 5th

This event is partially sponsored by BGE

 Land Conservation 101 for landowners

  • Date: Thursday, September 29th
  • Time: 2:00-4:00pm
  • Where: Crofton Community Library - 1681 Riedel Rd, Crofton, MD 21114


Have you thought about preserving your land, but aren’t quite sure what that entails? Learn about the basics of conservation easements and what this opportunity can do for you. SRLT staff will provide information, options, and answers to your questions.

The information discussed during this workshop is geared towards landowners with 10 or more acres of land.

A FREE workshop, but registration is required by Sept. 27 - Register HERE today!

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

This event is sponsored by the Paul & Maxine Frohring Foundation.

Your Woods and Your Wallet: A workshop for Maryland Landowners

  • Date: Wednesday, October 5th
  • Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Where: Crofton Community Library - 1681 Riedel Rd, Crofton, MD 21114


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 goal

The information discussed during this workshop is geared towards landowners with 5 or more acres of woods.

Registration is FREE but required by 10/3 - Register HERE today!

For more information please contact Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-980-6837

This event is partially sponsored by BGE.

Breakfast Briefing on Conservation Easements
for Tax, Legal and Real Estate Professionals

Tuesday September 13th, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
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. Highlights include recent congressional action that makes the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements permanent and allows landowners to carry forward income tax deductions for 15 years.

Registration for this no-fee event is required by September 7th 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.

This event is funded by the Paul & Maxine Frohring Foundation.


SRLT Fundraiser Dinner

Brian Boru Restaurant and Pub
489 Ritchie Hwy #103, 
Severna Park, MD 21146
Wednesday, August 3rd  2016

Cost: $25 for a 3 course meal
Carry out option!

Scenic Rivers is excited to be the beneficiary of a fundraiser dinner Brian Boru is putting on in August! They have created a menu just for fundraiser participants – all you need to do is go to Brian Boru’s between 5 and 10 pm and ask to order off the scenic rivers land trust fundraiser menu to support us. You can even get carry out – just make sure they know you want to support us! For every $25 meal, Brian Boru will donate $10 to SRLT! What a deal – we hope to see you there!

To see the pre-set menu for the fundraiser dinner, please click here

Join Us for a 
Preservation Paddle!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Discovery Village
4800 Atwell Rd, Shady Side, MD 20764

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust are teaming up for a fun kayak paddle to visit West & Rhode Riverkeeper restoration sites as well as permanently protected property. Come join us and learn about what it means to preserve and protect land, all while enjoying a beautiful kayak paddle. Its a great opportunity to meet SRLT staff and ask questions about preservation options for your own land. Paddle will be approximately 4-6 miles.

Reservations: Please contact Sarah Knebel via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say you're coming and need a kayak, paddle and/or life jacket. We have a limited number of kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets, so let us know ahead of time if you need to borrow!

Please feel free to bring your own kayak(s), paddle(s), and lifejacket(s), but please still RSVP so we know how many people are coming.

Stewardship Training
Tuesday, June 28

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Building
177 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

Calling all volunteers! We need help stewarding all 62 of our easements this year. If you would like to help us do so and get to enjoy the outdoors while visiting beautiful properties, please come!

Stewardship involves contacting a conservation easement landowner, phyically visiting and walking around a property that has a conservation easement placed on it, and taking pictures and notes about how the property is being managed (usually a 1-2 hour visit). Stewards finish their visit, and log their pictures and observations in the Scenic Rivers Monitoring Report Form, and send it to Sarah Knebel (another 1-2 hours). She will be happy to answer any questions you have. 

This training will walk you through the process of how to interact with landowners, what to look for on properties, how to record pictures and observations including filliing out the Monitoring Report Form. It's simple to learn!

The perks of being a steward volunteer is you get the chance to visit beautiful private properties and enjoy walking in the outdoors while helping a land trust ensure that all of the land in conserveration easement is being taken care of properly.  

Volunteers need to be 18 years or older.

Please RSVP to Sarah Knebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested!

SRLT Presents It's New Logonew SRLT logo photo

Conserving land is straightforward and unambiguous; it preserves forests, sustains farmlands, maintains open spaces and safeguards water quality.

The public increasingly understands the critical need to fortify our natural land base to meet current and future environmental challenges by increasing our stock of protected open spaces. Government has responded to this public demand with newly enhanced tax benefits.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust's (SRLT) new logo depicts our clear and contemporary vision, capturing a renewed energy for conservation easements. Jointly, simple green and simple blue symbolize the tightly interwoven connections between water and land, conveying our strengthened commitment to land conservation and water quality protection in Anne Arundel County.