DNR Releases Forest Action Plan, Seeks Comments

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released part one of the State Forest Action Plan in draft form and is seeking comments until Nov. 16.

The Action Plan outlines important issues for the Maryland Forest Service, and is comprised of three parts: Statewide Forest Assessment, 5-Year Strategy, and Maryland’s Assessment of Need for its Forest Legacy Program for conserving working forests. The report notes important details including that Maryland currently has 39 percent forest cover while continuing to experience a slow loss of forest land. State Forest Action Plans are essential to securing federal funding.

The public comment period is open until November 16, 2020 at midnight.

Useful Links:

DNR News Release

Maryland Forest Action Plan Assessment 2020 Public Comment Draft