Action Alert: More Trees, Please! Let’s work together to improve Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act



We love trees—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.


About Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava is the ANS Director of Conservation, where she leads our MD & DC policy, advocacy, and conservation outreach work, supervises our citizen science programs and VA advocacy work, and supports Woodend restoration as a demonstration landscape for the region.
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  1. THank you! Please also get people to support HB505 and SB763 to stop funding the synthetic surfaces (plastic and tire waste/syn-rubber) overtaking our natural surface sports and play areas. Trees water, soil people are hurt by zinc adn the other toxins leached from the synthetic materials.

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