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Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them.

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A Critical Time for the Eastern Shore Conservation Center

This morning we raised the mercury on the thermometer at the McCord building in Easton, and the heat is on.With $4.175 million in the fund, we are about two-thirds of the way to our goal of $6.3 million. And we have limited time to raise these funds. We go to settlement on the McCord building in April, and although the neighboring building, "Brick Row," was donated

Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Learning and Growing in Conservation   The Eastern Shore Conservation Center (ESCC) will transform an abandoned historic building and a neighboring fire-damaged historic building in Easton, Maryland, into a thriving hub of learning and collaboration for regional nonprofits. This green campus not only will be home to community-based and conservation nonprofits; it will be a place for community members to gather for classes and meetings, with open

McCord: The Man and the Business

By Bill Thompson Historical Photos courtesy of the Historical Society of Talbot County. Editor's note: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy hopes to purchase and renovate the McCord building to become the main portion of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. When Walter Sharples McCord died at his home outside Oxford on Dec. 7, 1981, at age 78, there was no question that the news would break on the front page

2013 Peeps Contest

This year's theme: PEEPSTERN SHORE CONSERVATION CENTER Create a diorama using Peeps, depicting what you would like to see at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. Do you have a great idea for office space; the courtyard; art installations; community garden, lunch or meeting spaces? Conference rooms? Living roof spaces? Maybe you envision outdoor picnics in the community garden, outdoor classrooms in the courtyard, meetings on the living roof.

McCord Building Photo Gallery

View photos of the McCord building by Dave Harp, photographer and president of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Board of Directors. Check our events calendar for opportunities to tour the building that we hope will become the heart of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. Come see schematic designs Friday, March 1, at the South Street Gallery in Easton on First Friday, or come to a


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  • Cannery Park Planting and Clean Up
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  • Former ESLC Staffer Sets Sights on 2019 Mongol Derby
  • ESLC Applies for Land Trust Accreditation Renewal
  • ESLC Releases Comprehensive Sea Level Rise Study
  • New Installation Inside the Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • ESLC awarded Preservation Grant for smokestack repair at Phillips Packing House
  • Did you know? ESLC headquarters is LEED certified
  • RECENTLY RELEASED: Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol II
  • ESLC raises more than $20,000 on Giving Tuesday
  • The little things we can be grateful for
  • ESLC celebrates new String of Pearls landowner recipients

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  • ‘Love a Local’ Valentine’s Day campaign results!
  • “All Hands on Deck!”
  • “ESLC Wants to Think Big and Smart with Historic Chesterfield (Carter Farm) in Centreville”
  • 1222 Acres of Cecil Farmland Protected Forever from Development
  • 16th Eastern Shore Planning Conference: Powering Our Renewable Energy Future
  • 2008 Eastern Shore 2010 Award Winners Announced!
  • 2010-2015 Strategic Plan
  • 2013 Deadline for Howard Wood Scholarship Announced
  • 2013 Peeps Contest
  • 2015 Legislate Session Overview
  • 232 acres in Talbot County permanently protected
  • 460 Acres in Cecil County Preserved; Will Become Bohemia River State Park
  • 500-acre Cordova Farm Protected Forever
  • A Critical Time for the Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • A loss for Maryland’s land preservation community – John Hutson
  • A moral responsibility
  • A New Year message from the Executive Director
  • A perfect day at the 2017 Party to Preserve
  • A Time to Celebrate
  • Abend Hafen
  • Ag secretaries discuss future of farming
  • American Farmland Trust’s director to headline conference
  • AmeriCorps members volunteer at SEEC
  • Announcing Fall Bird Walks
  • April Fools!
  • At Risk Teenagers and a Water Snake – A Memory from Wayne Gilchrest, SEEC Program Director
  • Bailey steps up recycling efforts at Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • Bicycles welcome on Cambridge’s Maryland Ave.
  • Bird Walk with Jared Parks
  • Browning Creek Protected Forever
  • Buy Local Challenge: Cookin’ with Carol
  • Call for Submissions for Kids’ Essay and Art Contests
  • Cambridge Gateways
  • Cambridge Gateways Report
  • Cambridge Residents Invited to Community Design Charrettes and Kick-Off Event for Cannery Park
  • Cambridge Waterfront 2020 Meetings
  • Cannery Park Community Design Charrettes
  • Cannery Park Planting and Clean Up
  • Cecil County Horse Farm Protected Forever
  • Center for Towns
  • Change is inevitable, progress a choice
  • Chesapeake Conservation Corps
  • Chesapeake Film Festival and ESLC
  • Chesterfield Community Meeting a Success; Two More Charrettes in June
  • Chesterfield still lacks development partner
  • Chestertown Farm preserved forever
  • Climate Change Conference to be Held in Easton, April 1st
  • Come play in traffic on PARK(ing) Day!
  • Complete Streets
  • Comptroller Franchot to present ESLC with Bright Lights Award
  • Congressman Van Hollen visits Conservation Center
  • Conservation groups work with farmers to conserve 1,435 acre near Little Blackwater River
  • Cornucopia: A Celebration of Community & Conservation
  • Cross Street Partners to help with Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • Curious about the Eastern Shore Conservation Center?
  • Did you know? ESLC headquarters is LEED certified
  • Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • Eastern Shore Conservation Center Deadline Approaches
  • Eastern Shore Peeps! Show some style!
  • Easton Point Photo Exhibition Planned
  • Easton Town Council to Consider a 13 Acre Annexation
  • Editorial regarding Cecil County Tier Map issue
  • ESLC aims to protect half of Delmarva Peninsula
  • ESLC and Partners Kick Off Speaker Series
  • ESLC and Perdue Celebrate Land Protection Successes on the Shore at Dorchester Farm
  • ESLC and Queen Anne’s County Partner to Protect 486 Acres of farmland
  • ESLC Announces 13th Annual Planning Conference
  • ESLC Announces 2008 Kids Essay and Art Contest Winners
  • ESLC Announces Eastern Shore 2010 Winners
  • ESLC Announces Expanded Work with Towns
  • ESLC Announces Fourth Annual Kids Essay and Art Contests!
  • ESLC Announces Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship
  • ESLC Announces New Conservation Easements
  • ESLC announces transfer of 323 acres to state for forest management
  • ESLC Applies for Land Trust Accreditation Renewal
  • ESLC Applies for Land Trust Alliance Accreditation
  • ESLC applies for Standards of Excellence re-certification
  • ESLC at Downrigging Weekend
  • ESLC attends Climate Preparedness conference in Baltimore
  • ESLC awarded for excellence in organizational leadership by Maryland Historical Trust!
  • ESLC awarded grant to continue Envision the Choptank program
  • ESLC awarded Preservation Grant for smokestack repair at Phillips Packing House
  • ESLC Celebrates Land Conservation Successes
  • ESLC celebrates new String of Pearls landowner recipients
  • ESLC Celebrates Partnership with Lyon Distilling Co.
  • ESLC Concludes Successful Year in Land Protection
  • ESLC drops crowdfunding video for The Packing House
  • ESLC earns Standards of Excellence re-certification from Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organziations
  • ESLC Essay and Art Contest deadline extended!
  • ESLC Goes Greener with Energy Audit
  • ESLC goes to Annapolis
  • ESLC Heads to 2016 Legislative Session
  • ESLC Honors Land Steward Volunteers
  • ESLC Hopes to Establish Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • ESLC Hosts Native Plant Sale on Sunday, September 26
  • ESLC Hosts Successful Town Planning Event
  • ESLC Identifies Next Steps for Chestertown Gateway Property
  • ESLC Invites Applications for Howard Wood Scholarship
  • ESLC Kicks Off Campaign to Keep Citizens Engaged in Dorchester Powerline Debate
  • ESLC launches Center for Towns
  • ESLC offers tips to beat traffic, fuel costs this summer
  • ESLC offers tips to“Love the Land” with a more green lifestyle
  • ESLC Opens Regional Office in Galena
  • ESLC Prepares to Break Ground on Conservation Center
  • ESLC raises more than $20,000 on Giving Tuesday
  • ESLC Releases 2014 State Legislative Agenda
  • ESLC Releases Comprehensive Sea Level Rise Study
  • ESLC Releases Results of Latest Public Opinion Poll
  • ESLC Releases Visioning Book for East New Market
  • ESLC Seeks Immediate Conservation Buyer for Cecil Farm
  • ESLC Seeks National Accreditation
  • ESLC seeks nominations for best in Eastern Shore planning
  • ESLC seeks your ideas for a Rural Jobs Agenda
  • ESLC Statement on Sine Die
  • ESLC Supportive of Sustainable Growth Task Force
  • ESLC Takes Ownership of White Building
  • ESLC to Break Ground on Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • ESLC to Celebrate 20th Anniversary at Andelot Farm Gala
  • ESLC to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Love the Land” Campaign Kick-Off
  • ESLC to Host Bird Walk Saturday
  • ESLC Town Programs Manager
  • ESLC Welcomes Garrrett and Tse to Staff
  • ESLC Welcomes New Staff
  • ESLC wins Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission
  • ESLC, DNR Celebrate Grand Opening of Sassafras Environmental Education Center
  • ESLC, East New Market Celebrate Protection of Friendship Hall Site
  • ESLC, MRDC Host Water Resources Workshop
  • ESLC, Town of Easton Partner on Waterfront Visioning Process
  • ESLC’s Carmen Farmer heads west following Rio Olympics
  • ESLC’s Wayne Gilchrest awarded Lifetime Achievement Award
  • ESLC’S 10th Annual Planning Conference Site of Regional Transportation Summit
  • ESLC’s Center for Towns Hosts Park(ing) Day in Easton
  • ESLC’s Party to Preserve
  • Etgen Presents to Talbot Chamber
  • Executive McCarthy ignores county plan
  • Fall Color Paddle
  • Farm Bill
  • Feeding birds in frigid temps
  • Fifth County Signs on to Regional Land Use Agreement
  • Food and the Phillips Factory F
  • Food for Thought: Big Box Design
  • ForeFront Power and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Announce Partnership
  • Former ESLC Staffer Sets Sights on 2019 Mongol Derby
  • Friendship Park
  • Future of Agriculture Presentations
  • Future of Eastern Shore Agriculture conference planned for November
  • FY13 Annual Report
  • FY14 Annual Report
  • Giant Clothing Sale at former McCord building
  • Good morning, rural Maryland
  • Grab a tomato for the Food Fight!
  • Happy Earth Day 2016!
  • Howard Wood Scholarship
  • Hurricane Harvey relief effort ships to Texas!
  • In Memoriam: ESLC Co-Founder and Community Leader Sandy Hoon
  • Inspiring words from ‘Chesapeake Champion’ Jim Brighton
  • It Was a Beautiful Day for a LANDJAM!
  • Kent County Middle School students complete Chesapeake Bay Watershed project
  • Kids Art and Essay Contest entries due
  • Land and a beetle, preserved
  • Land Ho! Celebrating Eastern Shore Treasures
  • Latest Tax Benefits Make it Easier than Ever to Protect Farmland from Development
  • Lathbury Honored at State Land Protection Conference
  • Leigh family preserves a piece of Betterton
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Listen to ESLC’s Jim Bass talk coastal resilience on WHCP
  • LTE Regarding Talbot Comprehensive Plan
  • Lynch Preserve closed for managed hunt
  • Lynch Preserve Now Open to Public
  • Maintenance of Grass Buffers
  • MAPP defeated
  • Maryland Department of Planning announces $90,000 grant for The Packing House smokestack stabilization!
  • McCord Building Photo Gallery
  • McCord: The Man and the Business
  • McKnight on the Fourth Economy
  • Meet Jared Parks, ESLC’s resident birder
  • Miles Point Saved Forever!
  • Mills Branch Wind Project
  • Morning canoeing on the Sassafras
  • Morning on the Shore
  • Nearly 2,900 acres in Kent County protected forever
  • New Installation Inside the Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • NextStep190 concerns Talbot County residents
  • Non-Profit Land Trust to participate in tree planting
  • O’Malley Commits $1 Million to Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • Official “Food Fight” conference agenda released
  • Owsley Named ESLC Deputy Director
  • Oxford Family Leaves Bequest to ESLC
  • Oxford starts stormwater management fund
  • Oxford Stormwater
  • Packing House meetups scheduled
  • Park donated in honor of man who rescued Stevensville landmarks
  • Party to Preserve
  • Party to Preserve a success!
  • Party to Preserve!
  • Place Work[s]hop Named Semi-Finalist in National Strong Communities Competition
  • Plein Air Easton!
  • Pollard Earns Fundraising Executive Certification
  • Pop Up event draws solid crowd for Shore Explorations exhibit
  • Preview our Party to Preserve
  • Productive Dialogue with “Let’s Be Shore”
  • Program Open Space funding
  • Queen Anne’s County Considers Zoning and Land Values
  • Recent press about Phillips Packing Plant project
  • RECENTLY RELEASED: Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol II
  • Reimagining Carter Farm, Centreville
  • Reimagining Chesterfield (Carter Farm) Community Meeting
  • Response to Governor’s Climate Change Summit
  • Russell E. Train, 92, Conservationist
  • Saving the Stacks
  • Scotts Protect 125 Acres of along Marshyhope
  • Sen. Cardin to visit Phillips Packing Plant in Cambridge Friday, March 10th
  • Shore residents donate 235 acres to land preservation
  • Show Us Your Sneckdowns!
  • Songbird Banding
  • Spring Appeal Update: We Reached Our Goal!
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  • Thank you
  • The Eastern Shore Conservation Center
  • The Good Luck Farm
  • The little things we can be grateful for
  • The Monitor Spring 2014
  • The Rural Jobs Agenda
  • Transportation: Take the Long View (Commentary)
  • Unsinkable Eastern Shore
  • Unsinkable Shore Draws 200
  • Upper Eastern Shore Location to Provide Environmental and Recreation Benefits
  • Video and Presentation link from Chesterfield (Carter Farm) Community Meeting – June 14, 2016
  • Waterfowl Watch
  • We’re Accredited!
  • Welcome
  • What are BMPs?
  • What’s Up? Eastern Shore Volunteer Spotlight on Joe Hickman
  • Where to opt outside on the Shore
  • Why Eastern Shore residents should care about saving the Historic Tax Credit
  • Winter 2014/15 Newsletter
  • WIP
  • Workforce Housing Goes Up in St. Michaels
  • Wye Island Forum Video