We love forests—they provide food and shelter for wildlife, filter pollution, provide cleaner air and cooler summer temperatures, increase property values, and reduce polluted runoff. But developers in Maryland are clearing forests at an unsustainable rate.
Maryland's Forest Conservation Act (FCA) is supposed to protect forests from overdevelopment. But the Forest Conservation Act needs dramatic improvement. The law has slowed forest clearance during some development, but in areas where development pressure is intense and forests are considerable, the law has allowed clear cutting of some of Maryland's highest quality forests with little to no replacement or transparency in the process. Few, if any, acres are replanted.
Use the form below to tell your county and state legislators how valuable forests are to our environment, economy, and way of life. Tell them we need more forests and ask them to support House Bill 766, sponsored by Delegate Healey, and Senate Bill 610, sponsored by Senator Young, which will update the Forest Conservation Act to protect our most ecologically valuable forests.
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Fix the FCA!
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]