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.