State Forest Action Plan

Greenridge State forestThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service would like you to help direct the future of Maryland forestry and the 2020 update of Maryland’s Forest Action Plan.

Do you have ideas on how Maryland forests can be better? We’re looking for some of those good ideas for our 2020 State Forest Action Plan. The State Forest Action Plan guides funding and priorities for the Maryland Forest Service and its partners. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard!

What should the plan include?
What’s needed to make forests and forestry better in Maryland over the next 10 years?

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

For more information on State Forest Action Plans contact Joe Winters at

The next Forest Action Plan will be drafted through the Summer and Fall 2019 based on input from the survey, listening sessions, and other methods of outreach. A draft will be available for public comment by December 2019.

Thanks for your help in making Maryland forests better! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Donald VanHassent
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service
Director/State Forester

2015 Forest Action Plan

Listening Sessions

May 8, 2019
Western MD
Allegany College of Maryland
Continuing Education Building
Room 12/14
12401 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
May 9, 2019
Central MD
Anthony M. Natelli Community Room,
Urbana Regional Library,
9020 Amelung St,
Frederick, MD 21704 
May 13, 2019
Central MD
MD Department of Natural Resources,
580 Taylor Ave., Room C-1,
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
May 14, 2019
Lower Shore
Legacy Center,
Ward Museum of Wildfowl,
909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
May 15, 2019
Chesapeake College
Health Professions and Athletic Center,
1000 College Cir,
Wye Mills, MD 21679
May 20, 2019
Southern MD
Charles County Public Library,
3225 Ruth B Swann Dr,
Indian Head, MD 20640