Chesapeake Forest

DNR Announces Changes to Chesapeake Forest Hunting Tracts Notice of Decision

Snow Hill, Md. (August 30, 2012) – The Department of Natural Resources posted a description of the proposed changes Chesapeake Forest-Hunting Tract Changes, along with tract maps, on the Department’s website for 30 days, and advertised the solicitation of comments for a 30-day period from July 12 through August 11, 2012. A total of 34 comments were received.

As the result of this process, the Department (DNR) has decided to open the Foster tract of the Chesapeake Forest to public hunting and move all of the 15 proposed tracts from public hunting to the leased hunting program. The Department will hold a joint Forest/Wildlife & Heritage Services informational meeting for the hunting community and similar stakeholders about this decision and to answer questions in the near future.

All comments received have been listed as part of the Notice of Decision document now available at:

Those interested in reviewing the Chesapeake Forest lottery for leases on individual forest tract opportunities can find a list of tracts, appropriate maps, tract directions and other relevant information on the DNR Forest Service website at: