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January 23, 2013

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DNR Welcomes Public Input on State Forest Annual Work Plans

by Martha

Comment Deadline February 15

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is calling on the public to help establish the best, most efficient management plan for Potomac Garrett, Green Ridge, Savage River, Chesapeake and Pocomoke State forests for 2014.

DNR invites interested citizens to comment on the proposed State forest annual work plans, which identify the work that is to be accomplished on the forest in the next fiscal year within the scope of the forest’s long-range management plan. The plans will address establishment, growth, composition, health and quality forest management operations, along with maintenance and construction projects, and other required work.

This public forum is the third step in a three-step review process to establish the work plan. The first is an internal review by a team of resource professionals from the fields of wildlife, fisheries, heritage, forestry, recreation, water resources, and resource planning. The second step is a review by an appointed advisory committee. After the period of comment, the forest manager will make final adjustments to the plan.

Participants can view the proposed 2014 fiscal year work plans at dnr.md.gov/forests/workplans/index.asp and email their comments to JPERDUE@dnr.state.md.us. Comments should reference the specific forest work plan with a page and item number so that the forest experts can understand and properly utilize the participants input. The deadline for public comment is February 15, 2013.

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    1. Earl Wood
      Feb 7 2013

      Have not reviewed work plans as yet, but would like to see access restored over water in Savage River SF, leading to Bear Hill. Location is approximately 7 miles S. of Finzel exit at Rt.68.

      I realize there are problems with locals who use ATVs there and the reason I’ve been given for not repairing the access is due to the missuse of ATVs. A footbridge would allow hunters & hikers to pass but eliminate the ATV use.

      My family and I have hunted this area for 30 years, but I must admit I can no longer negotiate the water without some type of bridge. My son & 2 nephews continue to hunt there. Please advise if this will be addressed. Cameras could also be used to catch violaters.
      About 3 yrs ago I walked thru the old Westvaco property that I understand is now under Sav. Rvr. SF. Several permanent (?) treestands have been installed, which ruins the hunting for everyone else, also believed to be setup by ATV group, who previously had leased that land before SF inclusion.

      Have been to Green Ridge SF but not hunted there. One of my nephews has hunted and camped at Swallow Falls, which is where Potomac SF is located, I believe, just to give you an idea of the state land and facilities that our group has used.

      In general, I like to see the beauty and wildness of Savage River SF preserved, keeping access to a minimum but allowing hunters, fisherman & hikers to enjoy and experience what it has to offer.

      Earl Wood
      Jefferson, Md.

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