Landmark no-net-loss policy aims to combat climate change
Effective today, landowners in Maryland have new incentives to plant trees and better manage their forests. Maryland’s Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which requires that the State stay at or above its current tree canopy of 40 percent, assists citizens and local governments who work to increase tree cover on their property with more tools and tax benefits. This first-of-its-kind legislation is part of a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, prevent further climate change and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on a proposed plan that would expand the off-road vehicle (ORV) trail system on State owned lands in Western Maryland. Based on a comprehensive two-year study conducted by the department, the plan looks to introduce ORV trails that would have little impact on surrounding natural resources. Read more
The Maryland Tree Farm Committee and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service has named Brian Stupak as the Northeast Region Tree Farm Inspector of the Year for 2012. Stupak is project Manager for Prince George’s, Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties in Southern Maryland. Read more
Maryland establishes first in the nation policy
Governor Martin O’Malley today signed into law first-of-its-kind legislation that amends Maryland’s forest conservation policy to maintain the State’s current 40 percent tree canopy ─ a no-net-loss. The bill establishes new and expanded reforestation incentives and tools to help landowners and local governments meet and surpass the statewide goal. Read more
High school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management are invited to join teens from Maryland and surrounding states at Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 21 to 27 in Garrett County. Experts from a variety of conservation fields will provide campers with a firsthand look at what a career in natural resources is all about. Read more
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. Read more
Citizens plant and register more than 100,000 trees
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that citizens have exceeded the three-year statewide goal of planting and registering 100,000 trees by 2013 through the exciting, interactive Marylanders Plant Trees program. Governor O’Malley encourages everyone to keep the momentum going strong, planting trees this spring to continue to enhance the health and beauty of Maryland. Read more
Maryland State foresters and their state and federal partners have signed a historic new plan to increase tree cover and improve water quality throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Maryland joined the Chesapeake Bay Program Director Nick DiPasquale and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to sign the Chesapeake Bay Forest Restoration Strategy.
Who: Open to the Public
When: Saturday, October 20, Tours run from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool
Cost: $5 per person. Ages 5 and younger are free.
Costumed guides will lead visitors on a haunted tour of the park grounds and fort, where they will encounter ghostly characters and tales of war, torture and imprisonment. Reenactors will also depict scenes from the fort’s past, including the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the American Civil War.
To honor Maryland’s first State forester, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officially dedicated the Fred W. Besley Demonstration Forest in Dorchester County on April 20. The ceremony, held in Linkwood, recognized Besley for his influence on the future of forestry conservation.
“As Maryland’s first State Forester, Fred Besley built a legacy of conservation and sustainable forestry management, which the Maryland Forest Service still follows to this day,” said State Forester and Director Steven Koehn. Read more