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.
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 comment is April 6, 2012.