For the past twenty-five years, I have served as president of The Manor Conservancy. I am extraordinarily grateful for that opportunity. Our board, volunteers and landowners have been a wonderful team, working together to preserve the rural heritage of our area. During that time, we have been instrumental in preserving over fifteen thousand acres in northern Baltimore and Harford Counties, some through donations of conservation easements, some through purchase of easements using government funds.
Besides our easement programs, we have, on four occasions, purchased threatened property outright and resold it after placing it under a conservation easement. By our joint efforts, we have protected much of the environmental, agricultural, aesthetic, horticultural, and historical riches of our very special rural landscape.
I am immensely proud of our successes. The work of The Manor Conservancy, along with several other land trusts in the area, has elevated the density of conservation in northern Baltimore and Harford counties so that we are now ranked among the most highly concentrated protected land areas in the United States.
We have much more conservation work to do and, as 2015 approaches, we are looking to the future. I have the honor of being appointed Chairman of the Board of the statewide Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and, in that role, will continue to partner with The Manor Conservancy’s efforts to preserve our land.
I ask you to please help me in welcoming incoming President, long-time Manor area resident, Henry Pitts. Henry had a career as a pension fund manager with Mercantile Safe-Deposit and Trust Company, and is now retired. He has served as Chairperson of the Conservancy’s Stewardship Committee for the past five years and will lead the organization’s efforts to maximize the vital stewardship expertise we provide to landowners and members of the community. Henry brings both passion and experience to his new position.
Our organization is growing up in other ways too. We have brought on Bridget Sampson to be the Conservancy’s Administrative Director. Bridget brings non-profit experience, including successful grant writing and fundraising. She was the Executive Director of Chefs in the Making, a non-profit associated with the farm-to-table Baltimore restaurant, The Dogwood. She owned it with her husband for eight years. Before becoming a restaurateur, Bridget, who is trained as a writer, ran her own freelance writing business and taught writing at University of Baltimore. She and her chef-husband live on Pocock Road in Harford County. They are both avid supporters of our local farms and their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.
Become a member or donate to support our work
At this time of year, when we are able to enjoy the season in this stunning place that we all treasure, think of making a tax-deductible contribution to The Manor Conservancy to support our continued commitment to the beauty, history, and environment of the area. If you have not renewed your membership or are not yet a member, please do so by visiting our web site themanorconservancy.org
We can increase our efforts only with your help. All best wishes for the holiday season,