Forest Conservation Program

The main purpose of the Maryland Forest Conservation Act (Natural Resources Article Section 5-1601 through 5-1613) enacted in 1991 was to minimize the loss of Maryland's forest resources during land development by making the identification and protection of forests and other sensitive areas an integral part of the site planning process.

Although the Maryland DNR Forest Service administers the FCA, it is implemented on a local level. Caroline County amended its Code of Local Public Laws in October 2000 to include Chapter 109, Forest Conservation. For more information on the Forest Conservation Act, please visit the Maryland DNR Forest Service webpage or contact Joe Miller at the Department at 410-479-8100.

FCA Declarations of Intent