|The Forestry Board:
In 1943 the Maryland Legislature passed an Act creating 24 Forest Conservancy
Boards, one in each county and one in Baltimore City. Board members are
appointed to three-year terms by the Assistant Secretary of the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources.
The Boards act as advocates of sound forest management practices, and
promote conservation of Maryland's forest resources. Board activities include
educational programs, planting of school forests, and timber harvest plan
Because the Boards are county-based, each one develops an understanding
and awareness of regional issues, becoming allies for local governments
and landowners who are concerned with the maintenance and stewardship of
public and private forest resources.
The Board members volunteer more than 200 hours
each year teaching the value of trees and the best forest management practices.
Among the varied activities of the Howard County Forestry Board the following
programs are central to our mission.
Howard County's Champion Trees
Howard County, a member of Tree City USA, has a great variety of both native
and exotic trees. In keeping with its mission to public awareness of our
natural resources and the value of forest resource conservations, the Howard
County Forestry Board maintains a register of the Champion Trees in our
To have one of your trees measured please contact Champion Tree Coordinator.
The 2008 version of Howard County's Champion Tree book is
Riparian Buffer Planting
Working with Howard County Department of Public Works, Department of Recreation
and Parks and the State Department of Natural Resources, the Board helped
plant hundreds of trees in Atholton Park.
The Board participates in the Chesapeake Bay School Reforestation Project.
School forests have been established at Elkridge Elementary, Patuxent Valley
Middle, Clarksville Elementary, and Guilford Elementary.
Howard County Arboreta
The arboretum program is based on our conviction that an understanding
of the importance of our local ecosystem is fundamental to having effective
environmental programs. This program adds tree tags, interpretive signs
and other educational services to existing parks and cultivated gardens
in the county.
A fun activity book for kids of all ages. Learn lots of surprising facts about trees and forests.
...in the Schools
Howard County Forestry Board members are involved with the local schools
in teaching tree identification, and environmental practices.
Howard County Fair
The Board donates books and educational materials to County libraries,
maintaining the availability of up-to-date forest management information
for forest landowners. The Board also participates in the annual Howard
County Fair in West Friendship in August.
The Howard County Forester and Board members visit County elementary schools
to talk about the importance of trees and distribute tree seedlings to
students. Each year the Board donates a tree to celebrate Howard County's
designation as a "Tree City USA".
The Howard County Forestry Board, in cooperation with the Maryland Department
of Natural Resources, sponsors an annual workshop for high school students
at the Forestry Conservation and Resources Week held at the Camp Hickory
Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. The board selects and
sponsors two students, who contemplate careers in resource management,
to attend the week-long program.
Forestry Education in Maryland
Allegany College of Maryland - Forest Technology
University of Maryland - Urban and Community Foresty
Other Sites of Interest:
Tree Identification Leaf Key
MD DNR Urban and Community Forestry
University of Maryland, Forestry Education Programs
Grants for Tree Plantings
Blossoms of Hope
Website for Kids