About PTLT: It’s all about Saving Land!


Andrew Garte is the new executive director of the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust

Andrew Garte

Andrew Garte, Executive Director PTLT

Leonardtown, MD (July 19, 2016) – The Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust (PTLT) has employed Andrew Garte as Executive Director. Garte’s background as an environmental scientist and advocate will serve PTLT well as he liaisons with government and the public to preserve farm, forest, and open space land in the Patuxent River watershed.

“Andy has a real passion for land preservation that is evident in his work as president of the Scenic Rivers Land Trust in Annapolis,” commented Frank Allen, PTLT president “He saw Scenic Rivers through the transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff and a good reputation in the state. He has experience obtaining easements and running a business in the environmental field.”

Garte holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and is a writer and speaker on environmental issues who has led the startup and operation of two environmental service companies. His education, work as a fisherman, and over 25 years of practice working with government agencies, land owners, and facility operators will allow him to identify the factors and interactions key to advancing the work of the Land Trust.

PTLT’s mission is to sustain the region’s biodiversity and water resources through a network of protected landscapes. The organization recognizes that forest and farmland and the region’s unique historic and scenic character are vital to a healthy economy and citizens’ sense of well-being. PTLT acquires land and conservation easements by purchase or donation. The Trust has conserved over 5,000 acres of land in perpetuity, keeping it as farm and forest to meet today’s needs and those of future generations.



Four PTLT Board Members attended the June 14, 2016 workshop on Tact and Tactics for Managing a Big Conservation Easement Violation held at beautiful Accokeek Park!

It was a lovely day for an information-rich meeting/workshop sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance at Accokeek Park.  Four PTLT Board Members attended the meeting, followed by a tour of the working farm.  I believe the workshop strengthened our commitment towards our goal of achieving accreditation of our Land Trust.  We have come a long way in the last couple of years, but there is still more to do!


Frank Allen, President PTLT, at Accokeek Park, Land Trust Alliance Conference


Friends of PTLT enjoyed the Second Annual Cruise, to Tangiers Island!


Coming into Tangiers Island


Fresh Seafood Lunch with Friends of PTLT



Friends of PTLT had another wonderful excursion to visit Tangier Island aboard the North Star, with Captain Butch Cornelius.  We ate fresh seafood for lunch on the Island.  Then we had a chance to walk, rent a bicycle, or golf cart, and tour the Island on our own.  There were shops to visit, a nice local museum, two ice cream shops, and a lovely beach to walk at the end of the Island.  We are already making plans for next years’ trip.  Please join us!


PTLT: Mission

Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation of southern Maryland’s agricultural, forested and open space land in the five tidal counties of the Patuxent River watershed (Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St Mary’s). PTLT’s mission is to sustain the region’s biodiversity and water resources through a network of protected landscapes; to advance the stewardship of forest and farm lands as vital local and regional economies; to preserve the region’s unique historic and scenic character for resident’s sense of place, visitor’s enjoyment, and prospective newcomer’s attraction; and to guide the pattern of future growth.  To accomplish this mission PTLT acquires (by purchase or donation) land and conservation easements. Land trusts are committed to the protection of land in perpetuity. Every site and every situation is unique. The Trust works with landowners, communities and funders to address needs and circumstances of the present while also seeking to protect the interests of future generations.


Help spread the word by wearing a PTLT Polo Shirt; Show that you care about open space and our community!

Get your own LLBean, PTLT Polo Shirt with our new logo embroidered on it!  It’s 100% cotton, in hunter green (more colors coming later).  Fine quality LLBean fit, in men’s and women’s sizes.  Only $30- for a classic shirt you will wear often. Contact me to order yours:


Now also available: beautiful blue heather, 3/4 sleeve button polo women’s shirts with PTLT logo, only $36 each!  Also, LLBean 100% cotton.


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