Leading By Example
Since 1990, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) has played an integral role in preserving and enhancing the unique and irreplaceable qualities of the Eastern Shore. We envision, and are working successfully to create, a future for the Eastern Shore in which our towns are vibrant and well defined; our farms, forests, and fisheries are thriving; and our rural landscapes are protected.
While ESLC is wildly successful protecting rural landscapes, and has been helpful over many years supporting working lands industries such as farming and forestry, actively supporting the vibrancy of Eastern Shore towns is relatively new for ESLC. Supporting our towns requires us to build new and enduring partnerships that link together conservationists, business owners, local governments, and neighborhoods. It also demands that we step up as leaders, charting a new path and leading by example.
In the coming year, ESLC hopes to transform a vacant Easton warehouse into a charismatic green building that brings new vitality to both the neighborhood and the town. Called the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, this facility would create a working home for our employees and for other organizations and businesses. This hub of activity will spark collaboration and innovation around conservation at a new scale for the Eastern Shore.
ESLC will use roughly half of the warehouse space for its offices, studio space for town design projects, and collaborative space and support services for ESLC and partner organizations and businesses. The balance of the space will support office needs, public gathering areas, and potentially retail space for partner organizations and allied businesses. Targeted partner organizations and allied businesses are those which help advance our long term vision for the Eastern Shore and include nonprofits with related missions, rural economic development interests and collaboratives, and small businesses related to farming, tourism, planning and similar interests.
Taken together this project will inspire downtown revitalization throughout the region, support working lands related industries, and foster collaboration around protection of the Eastern Shore’s rural lands and waters. This project will precisely embody the advice that we give to places across the Eastern Shore, and serve as a model to inspire catalytic change elsewhere.
Comments, questions? Please contact Brad Rogers, Community Projects Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a donation toward the creation of an Eastern Shore Conservation Center, please call 410-827-9756 or Donate Now (and from the “Designation” drop-down menu, choose “Eastern Shore Conservation Center”).