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Land trust created to protect Maryland's natural resources

February 14, 2002

Land trust created to protect Maryland's natural resources



By SCOTT BUTKI
scottb@herald-mail.com


A Cascade-based land trust has been created to work with landowners and communities to protect Maryland's natural resources, especially in Washington County.

While the focus of the K&S Wildlife Land Trust Inc. is Washington County it can legally operate throughout the state, said Gary Kuhn, president and chief executive officer of the trust.

The land trust's primary commitment is to preserve and conserve natural resources, scenic viewsheds, cultural resources and greenways, Kuhn said.

It will also work with land owners so they can ensure the proper habitat exists for wildlife growth and survival, he said.

The trust was approved by the state in January. There is no acreage in the trust, he said.

Washington County Land Preservation Administrator Eric Seifarth said four other land trusts also cover Washington County.

He did not know enough about the new trust to know how they differ, he said.

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The county will encourage the trust to do its work and will help when possible, he said.

Kuhn said the trust will work with local organizations and local government on preservation and conservation work.

The trust hopes to partner with different schools and universities in an effort to have students study the environment, land and wildlife in the trust, he said.

The trust will be funded with donations, he said.

"This land trust will help to conserve a countryside and scenic views for future generations to enjoy as well as providing valuable hands-on educational opportunities for everyone in the community," said Terry Kuhn, board chairman.

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