Four bills with direct impacts on forests and forestry made it through the Senate and House and are on their way to the Governor for his signature. Bill signing is set for May 7th in Annapolis.
- Sustainable Forestry Act (SB 549) - Passed w/amendments
- Natural Resources - No Net Loss of Forest Policy - Forest Conservation Act (SB 666) - Passed w/amendments
- Natural Resources - Roadside Trees - Protection and Enforcement (HB 800/SB 581) -passed w/ amendments
- Allegany County and Garrett County - Exceptional Hauling Permits for Forestry Products - Sunset Repeal (SB 449) - Passed
Also, while the State Capital Projects - High Performance Buildings - Green Globe Rating (SB 243) - did not pass, the issue of MD's Green Building Council's pervasive LEED-only bias is strongly on the radar of the legislature and is being dealt with through other channels. MFA is continuing to work with the Green Building Initiative and American Forests and Paper Association on this issue to get wood from Maryland's Tree Farms the recognition and fair access to markets that they deserve.
MFA's Bills to Watch Final Status Report