American Chestnut Land Trust
   Connecting people with the land

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The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is a local land trust located in Calvert County, Maryland, an hour's drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. We invite you to explore ACLT's self-guided hiking trails on your own, join one of our guided canoe trips, or attend one of the activities included in our Calendar of Events to experience our beautiful 3,000-acre preserved area for yourself. We also invite you to get involved in protecting the most pristine watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay by volunteering and becoming a member of the land trust.

ACLT is a nonprofit land conservation organization in Calvert County, Maryland. Originally founded in 1986 to save a small parcel of land containing the state's largest American Chestnut tree, today we have grown to a 3,000 acre preserved area surrounding the beautiful watersheds of Parkers Creek and Governors Run along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Find out how you can explore ACLT lands by foot or canoe and how you can get involved in ACLT's dynamic community of members and volunteers connecting people with the land.

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Next on the Calendar

Guided Winter Hike at Double Oak - Sat., Feb 21, 2015

Join ACLT's guides for a hike through the woods at Double Oak Farm offering beautiful, unobstructed views of Parkers Creek!(1:30pm - 3:30pm). Registration required.

See News and Calendar for details.

Message from the the ACLT President:

ACLT Executive Director

to Retire After Nine Great Years

President Pat Griffin Announces Her Retirement

It is with deep regret that I tell you that Karen Edgecombe will be retiring as of June 30, 2015. While we had hoped we would have her at the helm of the organization a while longer, we knew the day of her departure was coming soon.


Karen's contribution to ACLT both as former President of the Board and as Executive Director for the last nine years has been transformative to this organization in so many ways. All of us owe Karen a great deal of gratitude for her enormous contribution. The Board will formally recognize Karen's legacy at our annual meeting in March. We also invite you to bring and share your good wishes at that time.


In the meantime, we have established a search committee chaired by Denise Breitburg and Paul Dennett. Please feel free to contact Pam Shilling at the ACLT office, or (410)414-3400, if you would like to be involved in this process. Click here for more information on the Executive Director Position Description.

More to come....

Pat Griffin

ACLT President






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