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DNR Welcomes Public Input on State Forest Annual Work Plans

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. Read more »


Governor O’Malley Announces New Tree Program for Maryland Landowners

Landscape of Trees. Photo By Avi Bender

Photo By Avi Bender

Free trees and planting assistance available to turn excess Lawn to Woodland

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced an exciting new stewardship program to help Marylanders who own one to four acres of land convert unused lawn to forest cover at no cost. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have partnered to launch Lawn to Woodland, which will kick off as a pilot in select central counties this spring. Read more »


New Landowner Incentives for Forest Management in Effect

Landscape of Trees. Photo By Avi Bender

Photo By Avi Bender

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 »


DNR to Hold Public Input Meeting on Possible Expansion of ORV Trail System

Dirt bike on the trailsComment deadline October 4

When: Wednesday, September 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: New Germany State Park Lake House, 349 Headquarters Ln, Grantsville
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free

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 »


2012 Tree Farm Inspector of the Year

JuneStupak2013058The 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 »


Governor O’Malley Signs Landmark Forest Legislation

Maryland establishes first in the nation policy

Photo by Gayle Ryan

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 »


Natural Resources Careers Camp Accepting Applicants

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 »


DNR Welcomes Public Input on State Forest Annual Work Plans

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 »


Governor O’Malley Announces State Reaches 2013 Marylanders Plant Trees Goal

Citizens plant and register more than 100,000 trees

Governor O’Malley helping Maryland students plant.

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 »


States in Bay Watershed Sign Chesapeake Forest Restoration Strategy


Monica Lear, DC state forester; Carl Garrison, Va. state forester; Steve Koehn, Md. state forester; Tom Tidwell, U.S. Forest Service chief; Nick DiPasquale EPA Chesapeake Bay Program director.

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.

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