Annapolis, MD (April 6, 2009)- Preservation of forest land, one of our greatest and most valuable natural resources, is essential in our overall efforts to clean up and preserve our environment in general and the Chesapeake Bay in particular. The Maryland Legislature now looks likely to pass a No Net Loss of Forests policy for the State of Maryland.
The bill requires the Department of Natural Resources to implement and develop a no net loss of forests plan, holding the acreage of forest cover constant. Forest cover aids in improving air quality, and reducing pollution runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. In order to save the Bay, advocates must tackle the sources of the problem and this bill is certainly another step in the right direction.
The No Net Loss of Forests bill has passed the Senate, and is now in the House of Delegates. Passage looks favorable this session.
Maryland Forests: No Net Loss
Maryland Smart, Green & Growing
Partnership for Sustainable Forestry Advocacy Sheet