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Next Generation Land Stewards

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is excited to partner with ShoreRivers to launch Next Generation Land Stewards, a new program to educate and empower the next generation of Eastern Shore agricultural landowners to feel confident as they navigate the decisions that will define our landscapes and waterways for years to come.

You can be a part of the first ever cohort of Next Generation Land Stewards, a community of learning and mutual support. Members of the first cohort will be invited to a series of four free, in-person events. Some of these events will be held on local family farms, which will feature expert speakers on conservation and land management.

Food will be provided, as well as the opportunity to engage in informal conversations with these experts and your fellow rising Stewards.

Workshops with expert partners, including ESLC and the American Farmland Trust, will explore topics such as succession planning, equitable farm leases that include conservation, forest stewardship, government incentives, and conservation easements. This program will connect participants to existing efforts and resources—such as the Conservation Reserve Program and the Natural Lands Project, among others—that will educate and empower the next generation of land stewards to make conscious, informed choices for the use of their inherited land.

As part of this program, ESLC is pleased to offer our expertise on navigating the implications of existing conservation easements on your family land. We will also be providing guidance on how to implement a conservation easement for unprotected lands, so that the future generations that wish to expand their legacies can do so with the confidence that it will be conserved forever.

Whether you are the first generation on family land or the 15th, this program is for you. To learn more or to join the first cohort of Next Generation Land Stewards who will help build this program, contact Larisa Prezioso, Conservation Specialist at lprezioso@eslc.org or 410-690-4603.

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