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.
Join us for our FCA Rally Your Reps Day, where we'll advocate for a stronger Forest Conservation Act (FCA) in Maryland!
Maryland's Forest Conservation Act, a 24-year-old Maryland law, is supposed to protect forests from over-development by requiring builders to preserve the best forests on development sites. The law has slowed forest clearance during some development, but in areas where development pressure is intense and forests are considerable, builders have cut down more than 40 percent of the forests, on average. Few, if any, acres are replanted.
There are many ways we could improve the FCA and save more forests from bulldozers. Join us in Annapolis to urge our elected officials to update the Forest Conservation Act to protect Maryland's most ecologically vulnerable forests!
Event details: We're kicking the day off at 8:30 a.m. (doors open at 8:15) with breakfast and a legislative update from CBF staff. From there, we'll meet with our legislators and ask them to support HB 766/Senate bill 610, for a stronger and more effective FCA.