Over the past several years, multiple reports, directives and laws have made plain that working lands like forests and farms are critical to Maryland's economy, community and environment. These have included the Sustainable Forestry Act of 2009, Chesapeake Forest Conservation Directive 06-1 and The State of Chesapeake Forests report.
The Sustainable Forestry Council utilized the findings of these previous efforts and new information to advise the Department of Natural Resources on timely forest conservation issues and appropriate actions to help Maryland implement a no net loss of forest policy. The recommended actions build on existing programs and regulations including the recent development of Watershed Implementation Plans to meet the Total Maximum Daily Load requirements for the Chesapeake Bay, the Forest Conservation Act, and local planning and zoning requirements. Click here to read the Council’s report.
The Sustainable Forestry Act of 2009 (SB549) was landmark legislation that expressed the importance of Maryland’s forest to the environmental and economic well-being of the State. One section of the Act replaced the Forest Advisory Commission with the Sustainable Forestry Council. The purpose of this Governor appointed Council is to advise the Department on all matters related to:
The Council will be staffed by the Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service.
Alberto Goetzl, Chair
Dream Catcher Farm, LLC
Adamstown, MD 21710
Annapolis, MD 21403
Center for Chesapeake Communities
Annapolis, MD 21401
Kim Finch, Vice-Chair
MNCPPC, Prince George’s County Planning Department
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Westernport, MD 21562
Center for Watershed Protection
Ellicott City, MD 21043
American Forest Foundation
Davidsonville, MD 21035
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401