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Our Purpose

Assist the Maryland Forest Service with the promotion of rural forest management

Help assure a supply of wood fiber products through scientific forest management

Restore the Chesapeake Bay

Promote the stewardship, conservation, and sustainable use of Maryland's forest resources, urban, suburban and rural

Educate the general public and private forest landowners about the wide range of forest benefits

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Thank you to our generous annual Sponsors of the 2017 Natural Resources Careers Camp

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Grant Enables the Creation of a New Mel Fellowship Position

The Maryland Forestry Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the 1st Mel Fellowship in support of the Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC). Thanks to a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the fellowship is an opportunity for a college student to spend 10 months working with the Foundation and Maryland DNR to strengthen statewide outreach of MUCFC and other urban forestry programs as well as to participate in the planning of the 2018 Maryland Urban Forestry Summit.

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Frederick News-Post NRCC Article

The summer after David Keane graduated from high school, he attended the Natural Resources Career Camp, or NRCC, at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. As a teenager, Keane had no idea to what extent the NRCC experience would affect his career path. Read more [external site]...

The Mel Noland Challenge Grant

A Forest Stewardship Outreach Program

Recently Updated Guideline Information

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service (DNR FS) and the Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation (the Foundation) are pleased to announce the launch of the Mel Noland Woodland Grant program. This grant opportunity for the local Maryland Forestry Boards is to encourage participation in Private Forest Stewardship, tree planting and development of Forest Stewardship Plans or Forest Conservation Plans. Read more...
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What We Do

Board members work closely with their local foresters and primarily serve as advisory, educational, and facilitating bodies, collaborating on a variety of programs throughout the state.

Under the law, the Boards are required to review and pass on all timber harvest plans in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and approve all such plans in their counties if requested.

Boards may also be called upon to play a role in the management of forest properties subject to easements acquired by local jurisdictions under the Forest Conservation Act.

The State Association, in concert with the boards, previews proposed legislation and represents the interests of forestry with local, state, and federal legislatures.

Who We Are

Presently over 200 members of the Forestry Boards are appointed by the Director of the MD Forest Service on the recommendation of the members of the Board and the local forester.

Requirements for membership are an interest in sustainable forestry and a desire to see our renewable natural resource wisely used and managed.

Members are often local leaders, planners, commissioners, tree farmers, forest product workers, arborists, educators, farmers, forest consultants, loggers, forest landowners, and government representatives. There are many other groups represented on the Boards.

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