HLT welcomes Kearby and Bowers to Board

HLT is happy to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors, Scott Kearby and Deb Bowers.

A graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Scott Kearby joined the US Army as a civil engineer before joining the Air National Guard as a base civil engineer at Martin State Airport and later the Harford County Department of Public Works where he managed numerous road and bridge building projects as well as watershed protection and restoration initiatives.

A resident of Harford County since 1982, Scott has been involved in numerous land and watershed protection projects. “A few years ago, I became aware of all the things going on to protect land in Harford County. The character of the land is one of the great things about living and working here,” Scott said. “I’ve seen the good effect HLT has had around the county and I wanted to be a part of that.” 

When not working with HLT or volunteering to support local watershed protection, Scott enjoys hiking, kayaking and being on the water at Eden Mill or along the Ma and Pa Trail.

Deb Bowers has been an advocate for land preservation for decades. She founded the Farmland Preservation Report, a nationally recognized periodical, anda co-authored the book “Holding Our Ground: Protecting America’s Farms and Farmland” in 1997, which remains a leading resource for farmland preservation practitioners. Bowers played an essential role in the creation of Harford County’s agricultural land preservation program, through which the county has permanently preserved over 30,000 acres since 1993.

In 2009, Bowers was a founding member of the Save the Rocks campaign. The group successfully worked with the State Highway Administration on improvements to Route 24 that safeguarded the aesthetic and historic value of the Rocks and prevented erosion into Deer Creek. Bowers has years of experience as a land preservation manager with several land trusts in Baltimore County as well as the Agricultural Land Preservation Manager for Carroll County.

In 2019, Harford Land Trust recognized Bower’s many contributions to conservation by awarding her with the HLT Conservation Award.