Make Your Voice Heard: Listening Sessions for 2020 Forest Action Plan

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology are hosting a series of six public listening sessions to solicit public input on the development of the Maryland Forest Service’s 2020 Forest Action Plan.

The Forest Action Plan guides funding and sets priorities for the Maryland Forest Service and its partners. The Plan is updated every 5-years.

From an email notice (2019-05-01):

The FAP assesses the current state of the forest resources and lays out the strategy for addressing forestry priorities in the state. These listening sessions will allow stakeholders to provide feedback on how the FAP should be structured and what it should include.

What are the biggest issues facing Maryland forests? Is there anything threatening the state’s forestry industry? What resources do Maryland’s forests and foresters need? In addition to participating in the listening sessions this May, please take this short survey to provide input on the needs of Maryland’s forests and forestry moving forward.

The listening sessions are:

Western MD – Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Allegany College of Maryland, Continuing Education Building, Room 12/14
12401 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502

Central MD (Frederick) – Thursday, May 9, 2019
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Urbana Regional Library, Anthony M. Natelli Community Room
9020 Amelung St., Frederick, MD 21704

Annapolis – Monday, May 13, 2019
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Department of Natural Resources, Room C-1
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401

Lower Eastern Shore – Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl, Legacy Center
909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, MD, 21804

Upper and Mid-Eastern Shore – Wednesday, May 15, 2019
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chesapeake College, Room HPAC-127
1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Southern MD – Monday, May 20, 2019
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Potomac Branch Library, Potomac Meeting Room
3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, MD 20640

If you have any questions about the listening sessions please contact Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology Assistant Director Nancy Nunn at or 410.827.8056 (ext. 129).

The draft 2020 Forest Action Plan is expected to be completed during the Fall of 2019 and a final draft will be available for public comment in December 2019.

Useful Links

State Forest Action Plan Webpage

2015 Forest Action Plan

2015 Forest Action Plan Executive Summary