The Maryland Environmental Trust is hosting the Maryland Land Conservation Conference May 17 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum.

The annual conference brings together partners and stakeholders from agriculture, community and local government, conservancies, heritage organizations, land trusts and more for a comprehensive discussion about the future of land conservation in Maryland the broader mid-Atlantic region.

The conference will cover themes relevant to the land conservancy and trust community, exploring topics related to the legal end of stewardship, enhanced conservation, engaging the next generation of environmental stewards and using science and technology to further shared goals.

“This is an opportunity to gather and renew our focus on building a statewide land conservation ethic and commitment to stewardship of the land,” Executive Director Bill Leahy said. “We will take a look back at the origin of the Maryland Environmental Trust 50 years ago and discuss how we should proceed over the next 50 years.”

Confirmed conference sponsors include the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Dunkin Real Estate Advisors, Ecotone Inc., GreenVest LLC, Phil Hager, The Nature Conservancy, O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue LLP, Dr. Sarah Taylor Rogers, Treffer Appraisal Group, The Trust for Public Land, and Wright, Constable & Skeen LLP.