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 Natural Resources Careers Camp

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Honoring Mel Noland

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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.