What Is the Forestry Board ?


In 1943 the Maryland Legislature passed an Act creating Maryland’s Forest Conservancy District Boards. There are 24 such Boards in Maryland, one in each county and one in Baltimore City. Members are appointed by the Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and serve three-year terms. The Boards act as advocates of sound forest management practices and promote conservation of Maryland’s forest resources. Boards are involved in educational activities, planting of school forests, timber harvest plan review, and other activities.

Maryland ’s Forestry Boards can be an effective ally for local governments and landowners who are concerned with the conservation and stewardship of public and private forest resources, and can offer valuable insight and advice on forest management issues. Because the Boards are county-based, individual Boards can develop a keen understanding and awareness of local issues associated with conservation and management of our forest resources. Each year the Boards, along with the MD Department of Natural Resources, sponsor a week-long workshop for high school students who contemplate pursuing careers in resource management. The Forestry, Conservation, and Natural Resources week provides an opportunity for students to learn by working directly with professional resource managers. Here they can gain insight into the complexities of managing Maryland’s vital natural resources.

Garrett Forestry Board Accomplishments

Garrett County Forest Conservancy District Board members annually contribute over 700 hours to promoting the wise use of Maryland’s tree and forest resources.

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Garrett County Forest Facts

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