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Maryland Tree Farm Program


Tree Farmers share a unique commitment to protect wildlife habitat and watersheds, to conserve soil and to provide recreation for their communities while producing wood for America and the world. These individuals hold the key to the kinds of forests, forest activities and forest resources future generations of Americans will enjoy.



There are two primary items that are considered when determining whether a forest landowner qualifies for the Tree Farm program.

First, the landowner must own 10 or more acres of forested land.

Second, they must have a written and implemented forest management plan that accounts for the production of forest products, water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, biodiversity, and recreation opportunities.

The Tree Farm must also meet certain minimum standards and guidelines known as the Standards of Sustainability.

  • A Commitment to Practicing Sustainable Forestry

  • Compliance with Laws

  • Reforestation and Afforestation

  • Air, Water and Soil Protection

  • Fish, Wildlife and Biodiversity conservation

  • Forest Aesthetics valued

  • Protect Special Sites

  • Forest Product Harvests are conducted according to a management plan


By meeting the “Standards of Sustainability” the State Tree Farm Committee will certify your wood lot as a sustainably managed Tree Farm.


For More Information: 

Kenneth Jolley, Associate Director Chief of Field Operations

Maryland Forest Service
Tawes State Office Building., E-1
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone: 410-260-8502

County Specific Contact Info

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