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


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.

Biomass Energy Webinar Series

Forest management is necessary to ensure carbon sequestration for air quality and to protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Management of forests produces woody biomass materials, which are also available in excess from storm debris removal and tree maintenance. This resource is marketable as a good source for thermal energy generation.

This five session webinar series will highlight available technologies, economic competitiveness, ease of installing and operating biomass energy systems to examine how Maryland commercial and institutional consumers can benefit from the adoption of thermal biomass energy solutions.

Speakers will share case study examples of successful projects and discussions will cover a range of economic, operational, environmental, policy, and regulatory considerations. During the sessions covering Biomass Energy Systems, presenters will examine system types and operations, emissions, economics, financing, and incentives. 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.