Calvert County Rural Land Forum: March 28, 7-8:30 pm
WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 7-8:30 pm
WHERE: Calvert High School, Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
WHO: Organized by Sustainable Calvert Network, which consists of the following groups: American Chestnut Land Trust, Calvert County Farm Bureau, Calvert County Historical Society, Calvert County League of Women Voters, Calvert Eats Local, Calvert Farmland Trust, Calvert Nature Society, Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust, Patuxent Friends, and Southern Calvert Land Trust.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Speakers include Jason Leavitt, President, Calvert County Farm Bureau; Anne Sundermann, Executive Director, Calvert Nature Society; Joyce Baki, Calvert Nature Society; Andrea “Chris” Banks, President, Calvert County Historic Society; and Greg Bowen, Executive Director, American Chestnut Land Trust.
WHAT: This is a free event.
The audience will hear 5- 7-minute presentations by representatives of the Sustainable Calvert Network. The audience will learn about the critical importance of rural lands to Calvert’s economy and its quality of life and the steps that need to be taken to protect our farms, forests, fisheries, and unique cultural landscapes before it’s too late.
Calvert’s rural lands create jobs, provide food, protect fisheries, and provide recreation (hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, etc.). Together, they generate tens of millions of dollars for the county’s economy. Likewise, heritage tourism such as museums, cultural events, etc. generate millions in hotel stays, restaurant stops, and shopping. All of these rural economies rely on or benefit from rural landscapes. It is not too late to turn the land preservation program around and save Calvert’s last great places, the wildlife hotspots, the farms, the forests, the creeks, and the cultural landscapes that so many of us love.
Greg Bowen, Executive Director, American Chestnut Land Trust
About Sustainable Calvert Network: A coalition of Calvert County organizations with the following mission – To share information and offer support and cooperation among Network members; to achieve a future for Calvert County that fully integrates farming, fishing, natural and cultural resources, along with economic and societal needs.