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DNR Welcomes Public Input On Sustainable Forest Management Plans

Comment Deadline April 6

Annapolis, Md. (March 12, 2012) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently seeking public comment on the proposed Sustainable Forest Management Plans for the three western State Forests; Green Ridge, Potomac-Garrett and Savage River.

“Healthy forests benefit Maryland’s citizens, visitors and natural resources,” said DNR Supervisor of Forest Stewardship, Jack Perdue. “We are calling on the public to help us establish the best, most efficient management plan for these State forests.”

Sustainable forest management plans identify how work is to be accomplished on the forests over the long term. The plans will address establishment, growth, composition, health and quality forest management operations, along with maintenance and construction projects, and other required work.

Each management plan includes information regarding: An Introduction, Resource Assessment, Resource Characterization, Management Guidelines, Forest Management, Water Quality, Ecologically Significant Areas, Wildlife Habitat, Public Use, Monitoring, Annual Work Plans and Operations.

Participants can view the proposed Sustainable Forest Management work plans at dnr.md.gov/forests/sfmp_wmd/index.asp and email their comments to JPERDUE@dnr.state.md.us. Comments should reference the specific forest work plan with a page and item number so that the forest experts can understand and properly utilize the participants input. Overly general or vague comments may be difficult to accurately interpret. The deadline for public viewing and is April 6, 2012.


   March 12, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov