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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Tree planting on private land in Frederick County as part of our Healthy Forests, Healthy Waters project made possible by a grant from the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.

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

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Tree planting on private land in Talbot County as part of our Healthy Forests, Healthy Water project made possible by a grant from the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.

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Tree planting on private land in Frederick County as part of our Healthy Forests, Healthy Waters project made possible by a grant from the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.

Honoring Mel Noland

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Announcement of 2nd Urban & Community Forestry Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has received a grant award from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources enabling us to offer, for the 2nd year, an Urban & Community Forestry Fellowship. Upper level college students in Maryland who are currently enrolled in an urban forestry or related field and who have aspirations to work in the field of Urban Forestry or Urban Green Infrastructure are welcome to apply for the Fellowship position that runs from Dec. 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. Applications are due by October 31, 2018

Please download the application here.

Announcement of 3rd Fellowship in Support of NRCC

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has received a grant award from Rural Maryland Council enabling us to offer, for the 3rd year in a row, a Fellowship position in support of NRCC. College students in Maryland who are currently enrolled in a Natural Resources major and who have aspirations to work in the field of Natural Resources are welcome to apply for the Fellowship position that runs from Dec. 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. Applications are due by October 31, 2018.

Please download the application here.

See the Outdoors Maryland video of the Natural Resources Careers Camp

Learn about this unique camp for high school students in the beautiful mountains of Garrett County. Explore careers and possible college studies in the the field of Natural Resources with hands-on activities all week long. Read more ...

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 Has Been Closed Out

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.