Why Markets Matter
Forestry is the fifth largest manufacturing industry in Maryland. It supports more than 18,000 jobs and makes a $2.5 billion impact on the economy. Forestry also provides $24 billion in free “ecological services” by removing pollutants from the air and nutrients from soil and water runoff and providing habitat for critical species(1). But dwindling markets have put the industry at risk.
Join us this October and November for "Why Markets Matter" to hear from forest industry experts, tree farmers and forest industry professionals and learn more about the state of Maryland forestry, market opportunities and how conservation and utilization are equally important elements of sustainable forestry.
Three Regional Events
Free event sponsored by the Maryland Forests Association and the Maryland Tree Farm Program with grant funding support from the Rural Maryland Council. Register here
Western Maryland - October 3 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Lunch and program at the Bittinger Fire Hall
Farm Tour of Rocky Resolve Tree Farm
Bill and Tina Buckel are the 2019 Northeast Tree Farmers of the Year. Bill will lead a tour of his 134-acre tree farm and discuss the challenges and opportunities for tree farmers today.
Southern Maryland - October 10 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Lunch and program at Deerhaven Timber Farm
Farm tour of Deerhaven Timber Farm
William Harris will lead a tour of his Southern Maryland tree farm to discuss the challenges and opportunities for tree farmers in the region.
Eastern Shore - November 7 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Lunch and Program at the Log Cabin at Winter Quarters
Farm tour of Culp Tree Farms
The Culp family was named 2018 Maryland Tree Farmer of the Year and were nominees for the Northeast Tree Farmer of the Year award. Jim Culp will take us on a tour and discuss the challenges and opportunities for tree farmers on the Eastern Shore.
12:00 p.m. - Registration
12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Program
2:30 p.m. - Tree Farm Tours
Check back for updated agendas and regionally specific activities.