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March 5, 2014

DNR Welcomes Public Input on State Forest Annual Work Plans

by kking
Beautiful aerial view of Green Ridge State Forest with leaves changing color in fall

Green Ridge State Forest

Comment deadline March 31

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking public comment on the proposed 2015 fiscal year work plan for Potomac-Garrett, Green Ridge, Savage River, Chesapeake, and Pocomoke State Forests.

“Healthy forests benefit Maryland’s citizens, visitors and natural resources,” said DNR Forestry Director Steve Koehn “We are calling on the public to help us establish the best, most efficient management plan for these State Forests.”

State Forest Annual Work Plans are developed to identify necessary work to be accomplished for the fiscal year, within the scope of a forest’s long-range management plan. The plans address establishment, growth, composition, health and quality forest management efforts, along with maintenance, construction, and other required work.

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

Participants can view the proposed State Forest annual work plans at dnr.md.gov/forests/workplans/index.asp and email their comments to JPERDUE@dnr.state.md.us. The deadline to respond is March 31, 2015.

Each proposal is accompanied with a description, field data summary, objective and a map of the vicinity. Comments should reference the specific forest work plan, with page and item number, so experts can understand and properly incorporate the participant’s input. Overly general or vague comments may be difficult to accurately interpret.

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