Chesapeake Forest Lands (Maryland)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Maryland

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
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector Local

Start Date 1999

Program Administrator Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction; Chesapeake Forest, located in Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worchester Counties

Last Review 2014-05-15

Information Source


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.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Steven W. Koehn
Department Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Address 580 Taylor Avenue
Address 2 Tawes State Office Building E-1
Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21401
Phone 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)



Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: COMAR 08.01.07
Date Effective 2004

Authority 2: Natural Resources Article, §5-209(a) and 10-808, Annotated Code of Maryland