Your Year-End Gift to ACLT Will Be Doubled!
A group of long-time ACLT supporters and our Board have pledged $60,000 as a match for our Fall Appeal! Because we aren’t holding our auction (our largest annual fundraiser) this year, these supporters wanted to help motivate our new members and old friends alike, to give generously to this year-end campaign.
…and it will be matched! With your help—it’s going to be a banner year!
Please show your support if you believe in our efforts to preserve and expand the beauty and abundance ACLT offers as a place for recreation, land conservation, and species protection. Your support today is a statement of appreciation and a vote for ACLT to continue to take action to make our community & our watershed, a better, healthier place.
ACLT is becoming the gold standard in Southern Maryland for land stewardship.
- We are building landscape resilience to compensate for the storms that continue to pound the East Coast.
- We protect wildlife sanctuaries and corridors to enhance species survival.
- We integrate science in our management decisions to increase biodiversity and sustainable ecosystem function.
To learn more about what’s happening at ACLT, watch this 5-minute video.
COVID-19 has proven how easily our lives can be disrupted by a pathogen and how our built environment needs to address future disruptions. Likewise, the fires in the west and the tropical storms and hurricanes in the east, point out the fact that our natural environment must be more resilient to reduce the impact of climate change.
This year, ACLT has:
- Raised over 3,000 lbs. of food for donation to the St. John Vianney Food Pantry to help those who are food insecure. The Fall crops are still producing,
- Served as a sanctuary for over 42,000 residents (Jan to Aug) – 22 miles of trails to connect with nature during COVID,
- Employed safe hiking conditions, in compliance with all of Governor Hogan’s requirements,
- Held events virtually (5K, 22-mile Challenge, Passport to Preservation, and Biathlon) bringing over 100 new members,
- Alerted members and neighbors of the sewage release when Tropical Storm Isaiah dropped over 8 inches of rain in just 14 hours, washing out a sewage pumping station near Parkers Creek, state, county bridges, and some of our own bridges (now repaired).
- And perhaps most importantly, we have been working with the Maryland Environmental Trust to create a regional conservation partnership with a dozen other conservation organizations to conserve and restore ecosystem services in Southern Maryland and make them more resilient.
Next year, we plan to:
- Advocate for our watersheds as a new Prince Frederick Plan and a new Zoning Ordinance are being developed,
- Continue the full range of ecosystem monitoring (streams, forests, fish, birds, etc.),
- Provide habitat for endangered species while working to remove invasive species,
- Complete the stabilization of the Holly Hill Barn, wrap up research for the Parkers Creek Heritage trails, and apply for grants for interpretive panels to document five eras of human occupation,
- Announce the formation of the Southern Maryland Regional Conservation Partnership
Where you work and live, the quality of life and the resiliency of your ecosystems depend, in part, on our success! Please do all you can to advance our endeavor to be the gold standard for land preservation and conservation.
Call to Action
Don’t let this match go by without joining in – when you give today, your gift is worth twice its value!
Everything we have accomplished to date would not have been possible without the support of our members and donors. If you are considering a larger gift, you may be interested in becoming an ACLT 2020 Vision Champion – use your donation to inspire others! Please give what you can today!