Panelists will discuss the challenges to implementing conservation on leased farms and conserved farms. The webinar will include a demonstration of new resources to support farmers and farm landowners to form simple farm leases to protect business interests, encourage environmental stewardship, and support on-farm conservation practices.

Sarah M. Everhart is the Senior Research Associate and Legal Specialist with the Agriculture Law Education Initiative at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law.  Sarah is a graduate of Washington College and a cum laude graduate of Pace University School of Law.  She began practicing law in Maryland in 2005 and her areas of expertise include land use law, municipal law and environmental policy.

Jared Parks, Land Programs Manager, Lower Shore Land Trust has 15 years of experience in land conservation. He spent the first 11 with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and the last half decade as the Land Programs Manager for the Lower Shore Land Trust. He has worked with multiple Federal, State, and Local partners to complete projects in every county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Previously, Jared was a field technician and crew leader conducting research on bird communities across the country. Jared holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and a Master of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College in Washington.