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Mission Statement
Conserve, steward, and advocate for the unique rural landscape of the Eastern Shore.

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Board Spotlight: Joe Hickman


Where are you from and what is your background?

I was born and raised on the farm our family still owns in Kent County near Chestertown.

How did you become involved with conservation work?

In my capacity as a farm management consultant, I realized I must be fluent in the conservation world in order to offer trusted advice to my clients on the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.

How did you become involved with ESLC?

In 1993, I responded to a request by former President, Rob Etgen, to help with the Land Stewardship Program.

What is your favorite part of working with ESLC? What is something you wish more people knew about ESLC?

I really love working on the Lands Committee. I get to see and then learn the rich heritage of many farms and their equally passionate owners. I’m not sure the general public understands how much ESLC works on public policy issues to benefit all citizens and visitors to the Eastern Shore.

What is your favorite thing about Maryland’s Eastern Shore?

It feels good to get away, but feels even better to get back!

Read Joe’s original 1993 letter to former ESLC President, Rob Etgen, below!

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