Montgomery County Maryland Forestry Board

Montgomery County Forest Conservancy
District Board

Information

HISTORY

89,318 acres, or over 28% of Montgomery County is forested. Forest land open to the public in Montgomery County includes Seneca Creek and Patuxent State Park; Damascus, Little Bennett, Rock Creek and Black Hill Regional Parks of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC); and over 25 stream valley parks also administered by the MNCPPC. There are 25 certified Tree Farms in Montgomery County covering 1500 acres. Another 1,000 acres are managed under the Department of Natural Resource Forest Conservation and Management Program. Ten members of the Maryland Association of Christmas Tree Growers are located in Montgomery County, earning income from their land and providing holiday enjoyment for hundreds of families.

Each year an average of 12 property owners totaling 315 acres have forest management plans written for their forest lands in Montgomery County. We all benefit through better management of the resources, and the property owners receive the benefits of reduced property taxes. Average annual reforestation in the County exceeds 220 acres. Primary Forest Productions Industries in Montgomery County produce hardwood and softwood lumber, pulpwood, paper products, veneer logs, mulch and firewood. Employment in Secondary Wood Products Industries for Montgomery County exceeds 656 and includes manufactures of cabinets, pallets, boats, picture frames, toys, birdhouse and packaging crates. In an average year private forest landowners conduct forestry operations on over 30 acres, producing over 1,000,000 board feet of lumber to local mills. An annual earnings of the primary and secondary forest products industries in Montgomery County exceeds $10,000,000.

Board Members

NAME
                                        
AFFILIATION

Daniel Landry - Chairman          PEPCO
Jim Harris - Vice-Chairman        Wood Acres Tree Specialists
Joli McCathran - Treasurer         County Resident Member

Jim Benton                               WSSC
Carole Bergmann                     MNCPPC
Dr. Jim Coleman                      County Resident Member

Dave Honchalk                        Emeritus Member
Joe Howard                              County Resident Member
Laurie Jenkins                          Montgomery County Public Schools

Marty Kelly                              Kelly Landscaping
Brett Linkletter                         MC Dept of the Environment
Laura Milloer                           MC Dept of the Environment
Wayne Noll                              City of Rockville
Linda Pepe                               County Resident Member
David C. Plummer                   Montgomery Soil Conservation District

Dominic Quattrocchi               MNCPPC

Pete Stadler                              Emeritus Member, Stadler Nursery

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