Chesapeake Forest Lands (Maryland)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Maryland|
|Name||Chesapeake Forest Lands (Maryland)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Siting and Permitting|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy|
|Program Administrator||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
|Applicable Jurisdiction||http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/chesapeakeforests/maps/overview.asp; Chesapeake Forest, located in Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worchester Counties|
The Chesapeake Forest Lands are most of the former land holdings of the Chesapeake Forest Products Company, which now includes more than 66,000 acres in five lower Eastern Shore counties. These lands make up 12 percent of the productive forests in the region, which in the past produced 15-20 percent of the region's annual timber harvest.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources manages the land, and periodically updates the Sustainable Forest Management Plan. The plan includes information on powerline right-of-ways, protected areas, and acceptable uses for the area.
The state bought the land for the purpose of supporting the Eastern Shore's forest products industry, the second largest industry on the Eastern Shore, which adds $349 million to the State's economy and employs more than 2,100 people. The purposes is also to maintain the ecological integrity of the area, including water quality and habitat.
The Department involves the public in the management plan development, which is reviewed every couple of years. The public's comments will be considered as plans are developed for resource management, watershed enhancement, facility development or public use.
|Contact Name||Steven W. Koehn|
|Department||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
|Address||580 Taylor Avenue|
|Address 2||Tawes State Office Building E-1|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||COMAR 08.01.07|
|Authority 2:||Natural Resources Article, §5-209(a) and 10-808, Annotated Code of Maryland|