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Tuesday February 20, 2018 Hynson Lounge at Hodson Hall
Washington College Campus 7PM
Seating is limited. Tickets are available at  Eventbrite. (admission is free)

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Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance, in partnership with the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College, invites you to an evening lecture entitled “Delmarva Oasis” by internationally renowned author and lecturer Tony Hiss. The lecture will focus on the importance of preserving landscapes – such as the Delmarva Peninsula – to avoid an environmental crisis as critical as climate change.


An internationally known writer, lecturer and consultant on restoring and preserving America’s cities and landscapes, Tony Hiss is the author of 14 books, including the award-winning The Experience of Place.  He was a staff writer for The New Yorker for more than 30 years and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University.

Hiss’s next book, 50 by ’50, which will be published on Earth Day 2020, is about protecting half the North American landscape by 2050 in order to prevent the kind of mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs.  This is the world’s other great environmental crisis, as urgent as climate change. What happens on the Eastern Shore, Hiss told an overflow crowd at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s annual conference last November, will be at the center of staving off this catastrophe.  For those who missed his talk, make plans to attend the lecture at Washington College on February 20th at 7 pm.

The National Park and Recreation Association has awarded Hiss its National Literary Award for a lifetime of “spellbinding and poignant” writing about “how our environments, modes of travel, and other aspects of the American landscape affect our lives.”  “His words,” said the citation, “are often poetic, always real



Yard signs will be available soon.  Although we are not charging for these signs, a donation to KCPA would be appreciated. 

Frank Rhodes has agreed to stock them at his Chestertown furniture shop at 535 Morgnec Rd.- open 10:30-4:30 weekdays.  We are expecting them to be delivered by Friday afternoon Feb. 2nd.

Volunteers are needed to help with distribution of these signs perhaps to someone next-door, throughout the neighborhood or an entire community. 

Email us at for more information on how to get a sign for your yard or to volunteer to distribute.

net.  Your outreach can make a difference.



Have you written your letter to MdTA?  Information on how to send the letter can be found on our KCPA’s Blog.

Sent your letter?  Thank you!!  Now contact friends and neighbors to make sure they know about writing to MdTA, and how they can do it.  Remember not everyone attended the meeting or has easy access to internet.  Your outreach can make a difference.



aerial To all of our supporters who have made donations to fund KCPA’s efforts, we would like to extend our appreciation. A Board of Directors, an all-volunteer group donating their time to support our efforts, guides our 501(c)(3) organization. All of the money donated goes entirely to raising awareness about and fighting, when necessary, unwise projects that have the potential to destroy the character and quality of life enjoyed in Kent County.  A bay bridge crossing into Kent County is certainly a project that we classify as unwise and destructive.  In memoriam: Twenty minutes to our north, in Delaware, history has been obliterated with the destruction of most of the historic farm landscape that once flanked US 301. Splendid Hedgelawn was the most recent “peach mansion” around Middletown to be lost to sprawl. The destruction accelerated with the determination to build a highway through farmland; the Delaware 95/1/301 bypass.

Sadly there is a financial component to working towards conserving and preserving our cultural and historic landscape in Kent County. Any contribution you make is 100% tax deductible. You can donate by check to the address below or online.

Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance
861 Washington Ave #256
Chestertown, MD 21620

Checks are the preferred donation method to avoid transaction charges associated with online donations.  However, we offer an online donation option as a convenience that we know makes it easier for you to become a donor.