The Maryland Environmental Trust is a statewide land trust governed by a citizen Board of Trustees. It was created by the General Assembly in 1967. Its goal is the preservation of open land, such as farmland, forest land, and significant natural resources. Its primary tool for doing this is the conservation easement, a voluntary agreement between a landowner and MET. MET also endeavors to promote the protection of open land through the Local Land Trust Assistance Program. In addition, MET gives grants to environmental education projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program.