In 2009, Pocomoke State Forest received dual certification as a “Sustainably Managed Forest” by third-party auditors representing the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
The new Sustainable Forest Management Plan for Pocomoke State Forest was developed as a part of the certification process and replaces the Ten Year Resource Management Plan that was implemented in 1996. The PSF Sustainable Forest Management Plan was crafted in part from sections of the former ten-year plan and from information contained in the Chesapeake Forest Sustainable Forest Management Plan, which can be viewed on the Chesapeake Forest website. The information utilized in the PSF plan was prepared by an interdisciplinary planning team from DNR and was reviewed by the Pocomoke & Chesapeake Forest Citizens Advisory Committee at a public meeting in December 2010.
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