Bel Air, MD, Saturday, March 25, 2017 – The Harford Land Trust recognized Dan Magness of White Hall, MD, as the recipient of the organization’s prestigious Conservation Award. Magness was lauded for his decades of innovative farming practices on his working farm and dairy just north of Madonna, MD. Also the recipient of the Harford County Soil Conservation District Conservationist of the Year award in 1999, Magness is a life-long land steward. He completed a large stream groundwater and wetland restoration project on his property with the support of the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Environmental Stewardship program which has long been considered a powerful demonstration project in the county.
Rick Post, a county educator for 40 years, was also honored for his service to Harford Land Trust, most recently as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. As the adult coordinator for the North Harford Ecology Club, Post and his daughter Elizabeth partnered with the Harford Land Trust in the 1990s to buy and protect Kilgore Falls in the northern part of the county.
Harford Land Trust’s Executive Director, Margaret “Peg” Niland, will retire in June after 11 years leading the organization. Niland’s tireless efforts were recognized by Ben Lloyd, President of the Board of Directors. “Her lasting legacy will be the many hundreds of acres of preserved land that will be there in perpetuity for all to enjoy.”
Nearly 100 people attended the annual membership meeting held March 25 at the Bel Air Moose Lodge. Director of Harford County Planning and Zoning, Brad Killian, provided a keynote address highlighting the land and historic preservation goals set out in the county’s Master Plan, HarfordNext. Harford County Director of Administration Billy Boniface and County Councilman Chad Shrodes presented proclamations recognizing Magness, Post, and Niland for their work on behalf of preservation efforts in the county.
The Harford Land Trust helps landowners, private and public, to conserve land and protect the natural resources, scenic beauty, rural character and healthy way of life in Harford County. Last year alone the nonprofit organization acquired five new parcels in the Bush River watershed. Over its 26 year history, the Harford Land Trust has helped protect over 11,000 acres of Harford County’s most treasured and fragile places.
HLT Board member and Treasurer Mike Zeller presents the Conservation Award to Dan Magness in recognition of his longtime commitment to innovative agricultural practices.