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Sustainable Forestry Council To Hold Second Meeting September 23

Annapolis, Md. (September 9, 2010) —  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host the second meeting of the Sustainable Forestry Council from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 in the C-4 conference room of the Tawes Building in Annapolis.

“Maryland’s forests contain an incredible diversity of plants, wildlife, and habitats,” said Steve Koehn, Director of DNR’s Forest Service. “These forests also provide residents with a wide variety of services such as clean air and water as well as recreational opportunities for Maryland families.”

The Sustainable Forestry Council was established in the Sustainable Forestry Act of 2009 (SB 549) in the 2009 General Assembly. The purpose of the Council is to advise the Department on all matters related to:

  • Sustainable forestry management in the State;
  • The expenditure of funds from the Woodland Incentives Fund under Section 5-307 of this title;
  • Existing regulatory and statutory policies that are perceived as economic barriers to a viable forest products industry;
  • New markets to enhance forest health, including renewable energy development through biomass energy, to offset fossil, fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Creative strategies to help privately owned forest lands better compete with real estate market values that are driving forest conservation and fragmentation;
  • The means to promote forest-based economies and processing capabilities that contribute to economic and employment growth;
  • Assigning a nutrient efficiency benefit to forest stewardship plans and other forest conservation management plans that can be measurably tracked and reported by the number of forested acres covered by the plans.

"Our forests play a key role in maintaining the quality of life of Maryland’s citizens and in protecting the Chesapeake Bay,” said Koehn. “Unfortunately, these forests are slowly being converted to non-forest uses and the remaining forests are being fragmented. These changes will impact the ability of the forests to provide the services our citizens want and the protection the Chesapeake Bay needs".


   September 9, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov