University of Maryland Extension

Your Woodland - Resources Concerning Laws, Regulations, and your Rights

WoodlandLandowner Liability and Recreational Access (University of Maryland Extension Bulletin #357) outlines a variety of regulations and definitions associated with making your woodland available to recreational activities.

Marylanders Plant Trees: Links to texts and explanations of forest-related tree laws that apply to Maryland forests, landowner, managers, professionals, and others.

A Guide to Maryland Regulation of Forestry and Related Practices: The guide tracks the separate parts, and phases, of all forestry-related industries. Part I addresses the harvest, manufacture and sale of wood products. It includes a discussion of general harvesting requirements, and the rules applicable to harvests in special areas, such as non-tidal wetlands. Part II discusses the use of licensed professionals in the harvest planning process, i.e., licensed foresters and qualified professionals. Part III identifies the requirements for the care and treatment of trees, e.g., use of a licensed tree expert. Finally, Part IV identifies the general requirements for doing business in Maryland, including financial assistance and tax benefits.

Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland?:  United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (2009), 200 pages.

Maryland State Income Tax Modification for Reforestation and Timber Stand Improvement Programs: Maryland allows owners or lessees of forest land to subtract certain amounts of direct costs of reforestation and timber stand improvement from their federal adjusted gross income on their Maryland tax returns. Eligibility, certification requirements, and deduction limitations apply.

 Tax and Estate Planning for Maryland Forest Landowners (University of Maryland Extension Fact Sheet FS-630): Maryland provides two options for owners of at least 5 contiguous acres of woodland to lower their property tax assessment: 1) freeze tax assessment for landowner who places the land into a Forest Conservation and Management Agreement (FCMA) with the DNR for a minimum of fifteen (15) years, or 2) lower tax assessment that may change over time, when a Forest Management Plan (FMP) is submitted to the county assessor and monitored for compliance.

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