Updated: May 6, 2021

For centuries, Maryland's forests have provided wood, wildlife habitat, clean water and air, aesthetic and recreational enjoyment, and many other benefits. However, over the last few decades the State population has grown rapidly and demands of forest resources have increased. This fact sheet briefly describes Maryland's past, present, and future forests and attempts to impress upon all woodland owners that the forest is truly a renewable natural resource whose future can be ensured by sound forest stewardship.

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