Maryland Environmental Trust

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) accepts donated easements that are individually negotiated with landowners. As such, they are highly customized and site specific designed to protect a property’s environmental value, but do include specific restrictions on how, if any, further subdivision is permitted.

There is no cash consideration given for the easement, but landowners may be eligible for state and federal income, estate and capital gains tax benefits based on before and after market value appraisals of the property. The easements are held by the MET, with the county serving as the liaison after the easement is recorded.