Coming Soon: The Maryland Forestry Economic Adjustment Strategy (EAS) and Regional Meetings

Planning in Progress

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

This August, the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council (WMRC&D) will be releasing its Maryland Forestry Economic Adjustment Strategy (EAS). 

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Grants Gateway Open for Resilience and Restoration Funds – Maryland Department of Natural Resources is Accepting Applications from Governments and Nonprofits

Planning in Progress

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the Grants Gateway application is open for local governments and organizations for FY23, which begins July 1, 2022. The Gateway provides a streamlined, single point of entry to several state and federal programs to restore the Chesapeake Bay and help coastal communities. This year, Maryland helped coordinate more than $35 million in state and federal support for hundreds of projects and initiatives that are protecting and enhancing the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  

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New! Important Changes Coming to Maryland’s Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plans

Resources and Tools

by Daniel Rosen, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Are you looking for a hiking trail to relieve your cabin fever? Do you wonder where you can play this game of pickleball you’ve heard so much about?

Your county has you covered in its Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan (LPPRP).1 Updated every five years, the LPPRPs make counties eligible for state Program Open Space (POS) funds, which they use to buy park and recreation land, develop new parks, or renovate existing parks and recreation facilities.2 Many counties and their municipalities work together to ensure that the park and recreation needs of municipalities are addressed in the LPPRP. The next updated plans are scheduled for adoption by July 1, 2022.

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Maryland Forests Association Survey Helps Develop a Free Directory of Maryland Forest Products and Services

Planning in Progress

Did you know that the forest industry is the fifth largest industry in Maryland? It provides more than 18,000 jobs to people across the state. Maryland’s forests supply wood for homes, furniture, fiber, paper products, and more. It’s time to highlight this essential industry!

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Planning is developing a new online resource called the Land Preservation Dashboard

Planning in Progress

The Land Preservation Dashboard  is designed to provide users with a clear understanding of how Maryland is meeting its agricultural and environmental land preservation goals. The categories displayed in the dashboard represent various federal, state, local, and private land preservation programs that seek to preserve different types of land such as farmland, timberland, parks, forests, wetlands, riparian zones, and wildlife corridors. It is scheduled for release later this summer. Continue reading