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Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: The mission of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is to sustain the Eastern Shore's rich landscapes through strategic land conservation and sound land use planning. When Eastern Shore Land Conservancy was founded in 1990, the founding Directors shared a fervent dedication to the future of this matchless association of land, rivers, resources, and community called the Eastern Shore. And they shared a common concern that sprawling development patterns typical of the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and many other areas of the Mid-Atlantic region was increasingly eroding these special attributes of the Eastern Shore. Even in the face of staggering development trends of the past few years, it is extraordinary how unfaltering the Board of Directors has remained to achieving that end.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Eastern Shore Land Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with ESLC since it's formation in the capacity of supporter, funder, member of their teams and study groups, and speaker and attendee at conferences. Also as lead DNR staff for the Rural Legacy Program and POS. I worked closely with Rob Etgen and Board, most recently, as consultant and co-author with Rob on the feasibility study for TDRs on the Eastern Shore. This is THE most professional and accomplished local land trust in Maryland, and one of the best in the U.S. The staff are highly motivated, professional and accomplished (and fun to work with.)


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had a very good overall experience serving a board member of ESLC for 7 years. I g knowledge of purchase easements, donated easements and estate planning as it relates to to the family farm. I also learned the value of land use planning and policy.