The Harford Land Trust recognized Deborah Bowers of Rocks, Maryland with the organization’s prestigious Conservation Award during its annual membership meeting on Saturday, April 6 at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center in Bel Air. Jeffery Conti of Joppa, Maryland was also honored with Harford Land Trust’s Volunteer Award at the event.
Bowers has been a leading voice for conservation and land preservation for decades. She founded the Farmland Preservation Report in 1990, a nationally recognized periodical. Bowers also co-authored the book “Holding Our Ground: Protecting America’s Farms and Farmland” in 1997, which remains a leading resource for farmland preservation practitioners. She was instrumental in the effort to create Harford County’s agricultural land preservation program, which was overwhelmingly approved by Harford voters in a referendum, and through which the county has permanently preserved over 30,000 acres since 1993.
The Harford Land Trust, a local land preservation nonprofit founded in 1991, recently elected the Honorable William O. Carr of Bel Air to its Board of Directors.
Carr retired in 2017 after 33 years of service as a judge on the Circuit Court of Harford County; one of the longest serving such judges in Maryland. He is a native of Havre de Grace, and a graduate of Havre de Grace High School, Towson University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland School of Law. He served for many years as the Court’s Administrative Judge, and he continues to hear cases on a fill-in basis.
Our annual report is more than just a collection of facts and figures, or a list of names. It’s a celebration of you—the donors, volunteers, and partners who give so generously of their time and energy. It’s because of you that we are working with landowners across the county to protect their cherished family lands, now and for future generations.
The Harford Land Trust is a community organization. It’s your organization—driven by your generous contributions, your participation in our events, and your efforts to keep Harford County a wonderful place to live, work, and play. We sincerely thank you, and invite you to contact us anytime to share your ideas, suggestions, or goals for the future of the Trust.
Thank you to all of our 2018 supporters.