State Forest Work Plans Open for Public Comment
Input on 2021 Plans Accepted Through Feb. 28
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed fiscal year 2021 work plans for the following state forests: Chesapeake/Pocomoke, Green Ridge, Potomac-Garrett, and Savage River. The comment period concludes Feb. 28.
Annual work plans help the department identify priorities within the scope of the forests’ long-range management. They address composition, establishment, growth, health, and quality along with construction and maintenance projects.
“Public input is essential to help us develop the most comprehensive and effective management practices for these forested lands, which in turn are vital to the entire state’s environment and economy,” acting Maryland State Forester Kenneth Jolly said.
The public comment period is the final part in a three-step process. The first step was an internal review by a team of natural resource professionals, with the second being a review by an appointed advisory committee. Following the conclusion of the comment period, each forest manager will review, revise, and finalize their specific plan.