Montgomery County Women's Democratic Club has weighed in to support strong forest protections:
Montgomery County Lost More than 1,000 acres of forest in the past decade. What do forests (and their loss) mean to MoCo Residents?
The Montgomery County Planning Board and Council are updating the Forest Conservation Plan. The MoCo Forest Coalition of which we are proud to be a part has been pushing for much stronger policies - including a no-net-loss provision. Here we feature the stories from residents about the forests they hold dear.
Urban trees work particularly hard, check out this cool interactive urban tree canopy presentation.
Care to share your forest story? - firstname.lastname@example.org
- "This past weekend, neighbors invited folks over to their remarkable 25 acre property - mostly in mature native forest. The variety of trees and understory plants, many in bloom, is truly remarkable. So too is the great variety of insects, birds, and other forest life that make this place home. Our family could not enter it unmoved. The effect of our time spent in the forest is both restorative and lasting. " - C.T
- "Three large healthy trees were cut down on my street in Kensington to add a new portion of sidewalk. Sad." - T.C
- Newly released data from the Chesapeake Conservancy and Chesapeake Bay Program show that Carroll County has gained about as much forest as it has lost to development in recent years. But over the same time span, Montgomery County lost 660 acres of forest to newly constructed roads, rooftops and lawns, while adding only 100 acres - a major net loss. Another 1,800 acres of forest in Montgomery were fragmented or otherwise impacted by development, making them more vulnerable to invasive vines, deer, and other threats.
- Over the decade aggressive tree pruning and removal practices on the part of utility companies have angered residents both up and down county. A bill to bring more control back to the County government in demanding best vegetation practices did not pass last year as sponsors cited insurmountable pushback from utility companies. A brief history of resident complaints and a bill fact sheet.