LPT Announces Hiring of Executive Director and President  

Friends and Supporters of the the Land Preservation Trust:

 

We are excited to report some important changes in the leadership and management of Land Preservation Trust, Inc. (LPT). Effective April 1, 2019, the Board of Directors has hired George Hundt, Jr. as President and Executive Director with responsibility for both easement and land stewardship activities.

George is known to many of you as an amateur steeplechase rider (winner of the 2009 Maryland Hunt Cup aboard “Michele Marieschi”) and as a member of the Green Spring Valley Hounds. He previously worked on Wall Street, primarily with J.P. Morgan but has also spent time as a stone mason and a teacher. George has a B.A. in philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. From New York University, and a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His master’s thesis was centered on an analysis of the original “Plan for the Valleys” prepared by Ian McHarg and David Wallace which became the basis for decades of land conservation work by the Valleys Planning Council, the Land Preservation Trust, Baltimore County and the State of Maryland.

So, why are we taking this step? The easement work of the LPT has been carried out ably for decades by Ned Halle and Ann Jones. I know that we would all agree that Ned’s and Ann’s efforts to preserve land in Northern Baltimore County have had more impact than the efforts of any other individuals. We now have over 55,000 acres under conservation easements in northern Baltimore County of which 12,552 acres are held by LPT - and we have have 18,107 contiguous protected acres! Also, in Ann, we have one of the most knowledgeable land conservation professionals in the country. Her work in administering the

Rural Legacy Program in Baltimore County has become the model for other counties to follow.

On the land stewardship side, where LPT’s principal asset is Shawan Downs, we have now established a model where we believe operating costs can be offset by rent paid by the various organizations which hold events there during the year. The land serves as a wellknown example of community-financed conservation and one of several visible “barriers”

between the intense commercial activity just to the east of I-83 and the outstanding land preservation in our community. None of the success at Shawan Downs would have been achieved without Charlie Fenwick’s inspiration and hard work.

In short, both sides of LPT’s business are in good shape today. The hiring of our first professional ED is about the future. The board wants to make sure that we develop the leadership and organization that can continue our land conservation and stewardship activities for many decades to come. Hence, we have asked George to build with Ned, Ann and Charlie an organization which will meet our aspirations - to add steadily to the base of acres under easement and to own and manage Shawan Downs responsibility and in accordance with the

original intentions.

For transitional purposes, I will move from President to Chairman and will work on making sure that George and team are successful going forward. We will be hosting a number of community get-togethers in order to introduce George’s vision for the organization to you. In the interim, if you any ideas or questions, please do not hesitate to let me or George know. George can be reached at 917-846-6417.

Sincerely, 

Michael Hankin

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