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Maryland’s Forest Partnership is Growing

Annapolis, Md. (June 22, 2011) — The Baltimore Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship (BWPFS) is expanding to include additional federal, state and local government partners on June 23 at a ceremony and tree planting event in Greenbelt.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signature ceremony and tree planting event will be hosted by the City of Greenbelt where the BWPFS will welcome the City of Greenbelt, the University of Maryland, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey as new members, expanding the area of contiguous managed landscape nearly 7 square miles.

BWPFS is a federal-state-nonprofit partnership to advance comprehensive and coordinated strategies for the restoration, conservation and stewardship of the combined landscape they manage. The original partners, including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Center for Chesapeake Communities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patuxent Research Refuge, the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army Fort George G. Meade, formed the BWPFS through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2006. Collectively, these agencies currently own and manage over 40 square miles of land, 64% of which is either forested or wetlands.

These unique ecological resources are among the last significant tracts of contiguous forest land in this highly urbanized region and provide important ecosystem services to Marylanders such as clean air and water, soil erosion and flood control, biodiversity and recreational and educational opportunities.

Together, with new partners, the BWPFS will seek to expand tree canopy cover, conserve and improve wildlife habitat, reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, promote coordinated land management and collaborative scientific research, pursue green building technologies and climate change action strategies, and offer environmental education opportunities to the public. The BWPFS will continue to seek out new collaborative partnerships with additional agencies, landowners and interested citizens, expanding this effort throughout the Baltimore-Washington Corridor.

For more information on the event call Christine Conn, Office for a Sustainable Future, at (410) 260-8785.
 


   June 22, 2011

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 a 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