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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: To assist landowners and communities conserve land for the enjoyment and well-being of present and future generations. Together we protect forest and farmlands for stong local economies; natural resources for diverse wildlife and clean water, and rural landscapes in somerset, worcester and wicomico counties.

Programs: Pay staff salary, taxes and travel to solicit conservation easements to protect land and the environment in somerset, worcester and wicomico counties on the lower eastern shore of maryland. Efforts are targeted primarily in the dividing creek watershed, the coastal bays watershed and quantico creek watershed.

salary, taxes, travel and related expenses to monitor and provide stewardship to all existing conservation easements. Annual monitoring visits are required by policy and follow strict guidelines for donated easements, rural legacy easements, permanent conservation reserve enhancement program easements and the federal farm and ranch lands protection program.

salary, taxes and travel for community outreach for educating the public and volunteers on the benefits of land conservation, best management practices and restoration tools that conserve natural resources and benefit local resource-based economies.

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Lower Shore Land Trust became an accredited land trust in August 2018, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means Lower Shore Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Lower Shore Land Trust 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 the 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. To learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of Lower Shore Land Trust, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.