Final days to register for Working Woodland's conference

Pre-registration required. Registration deadline extended to Friday, October 29th

MFA to Host Landowner Conference on Maryland’s Working Woodlands
November 5 &6, Gaylord National Resort

Maryland Forests Association’s 34th Annual Conference , Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, 2010 will be held at the Gaylord National Conference Center in spectacular National Harbor just outside Washington, DC. MFA’s Annual Conference is the place for forest landowners, natural resource professionals, and forestry advocates to gather for networking, learning, and fellowship. This year’s event includes outstanding educational sessions, an exciting field trip to nearby Myrtle Gove Wildlife Management Area, and a unique and inspiring Keynote presentation on the Living Memorials of 9/11.

We all depend on a natural resource that has been around forever; a resource having components with life cycles measured in years, decades and even centuries. How it is managed DOES make a difference. Saturday’s educational sessions will focus on Maryland’s working woodlands. Participants will learn about the benefits managed woodlands provide, how to keep woodlands healthy and productive, and what programs are available to help landowners. From the mountains of western Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay, managing even a few acres of woodland is good for people, wildlife and waterways. In addition, state and national leaders in forest and natural resource management will present updates on issues of concern and take questions from the audience. Panelists include Maryland State Forester Steve Koehn, Maryland State Conservationist Jon Hall, and Michael T. Goergen Jr. of the Society of American Foresters. Continuing education credits will be offered for professional loggers, foresters and arborists.

The Friday evening awards banquet keynote, Healing Landscapes: The Living Memorials of 9/11, will be presented by Erika Svendsen of the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and the New York City Urban Field Station. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 just a year away, Svendsen will share the extraordinary stories behind a few of the thousands of “Living Memorials” that were created to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11.

For participants who would like to get out in the woods, a guided field trip to Myrtle Gove Wildlife Management Area in nearby Charles County is offered. Located in the forested bottomlands of Mattawoman Creek, Myrtle Gove WMA was once home to the Piscataway Indians. The 1,723-acre tract contains hardwood forests, wildlife plantings, natural and man-made wetlands, and early succession habitats that provide critical habitat for all types of wildlife.

Networking is always a big part of the MFA Annual Conference experience, as landowners and forestry professionals mingle to meet old friends, make new acquaintances, and share information and ideas. As always, the 2010 program will include plenty of time for networking, plus a variety of exhibits to provide additional inspiration and education.

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor will provide a spectacular setting for the 2010 Annual Conference. National Harbor offers a wonderful array of shopping, dining and entertainment alternatives; add to that the many options in nearby Washington DC, and there is truly something for everyone. Spouses and families are welcomed and spouse tickets for the Friday evening Banquet can be purchased with Conference registration.

Maryland Forests Association warmly welcomes woodland owners, forestry professionals, and anyone interested in the future of Maryland’s forests and woodlands to join us for our 2010 Annual Conference. Registration deadline is October 22nd. For more information about the conference contact: MFA Executive Director Karin Miller, or call the MFA office at 301-895-5369.

O'Malley Announces Plans for Dual Certification of Western Maryland Forests

‘Green’ Certification will support Forest Products Industry and Green Jobs

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 9, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking dual certification for all three Western Maryland State Forests, a move that will protect forest industry jobs and garner national recognition of the State’s commitment to sustainable forestry management. Governor O’Malley made the announcement at Potomac-Garrett State Forest, on the donated tract of land upon which Maryland’s extensive public lands system was founded.

“Dual certification of these forests will protect important jobs in Western Maryland by providing certified “green” products to businesses like NewPage that will allow them to meet increasing customer demand,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “It will also publicly validate the great work our State Foresters are doing in managing our working lands for sustainability. Once again, by relying on sound science, Maryland is proving we can protect our environment and our economy to the benefit of our citizens and our planet.”

The Western Maryland forest products industry has a $950 million total economic impact in the region, contributes $35 million in State and local tax revenues, and employs 9,200 people. Dual certification will directly benefit these employees -- including nearly 1,000 Marylanders who work at NewPage -- by providing the forestry industry the tools it needs to compete in the global market and meet the demand for certified wood.

“NewPage applauds Maryland in its efforts to certify State forestlands in Western Maryland,” stated Fred Souba, Vice President of Wood Supply and Sustainability for NewPage Corporation. “As the largest coated paper producer in North America, NewPage is seeing an increased interest by its customers for paper products manufactured from fiber that originates from certified forests. These third-party certifications are necessary for our company to remain competitive in the marketplace, and they are also an excellent way to validate the quality forest management that is already being performed by the Maryland Forest Service on State lands.”

Forest certification is a system for identifying well-managed forestland. Conducted by an accredited third-party organization, the voluntary certification is based on internationally recognized principles and criteria with locally developed and approved standards.

“Dual certification under both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative demonstrates that Maryland’s State Forests protect and restore sensitive natural resources while maintaining sustainable levels of forest products to local industries, thus preserving local jobs and creating rural wealth,” said Steve Koehn, Director of the Maryland Forest Service.

“The Nature Conservancy believes that forest certification is an integral part of sustainable forest management and we applaud DNR for seeking dual certification for the Western Maryland State Forests as it has done for the Eastern Shore,” said Steve Bunker, the director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy.

Products from certified forestland can be labeled to ensure consumers that they are buying the product of a sustainably managed forest. Nearly 67,000 acres of forest on Maryland’s Eastern Shore – Chesapeake Forest Lands -- already maintain dual certification status. In today’s marketplace there is strong, increasing demand for certified forest products.

MFA’s 2010 Host Site Gaylord National Hotel

Room block extended to OCTOBER 16th

Located in Prince George’s County and just minutes outside of Washington, DC, the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center offers visitors everything they are looking for in a vacation, weekend getaway, business trip or just a night out.

Discover this first-class destination with fun for everyone, including fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. And for late-night excitement, an express elevator speeds you to the two-story rooftop Pose Ultra Lounge.

Gaylord National is the perfect place to stay in order to enjoy the region's rich cultural and business destinations. Located in National Harbor, Maryland in Prince George's County, Gaylord National offers its guests convenient access to Washington, DC with an hourly shuttle service, water taxi to Old Town Alexandria, and shuttle service to Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Gaylord’s spectacular 18-story glass atrium welcomes you to the hotel, offering sweeping views of the Potomac River, Washington, DC and Old Town Alexandria. Come and discover for yourself this jewel of the capital region. Take an interactive walkthrough underneath their majestic climate-controlled glass atriums and discover the “wow factor" their guests keep talking about!

Single/Double Occupancy $149 / night plus tax
(Includes resort service fee)
Group rate available 3 days prior to and following the conference

Room reservation deadline is OCTOBER 16th

Help MFA meet its contract obligation and make the most of
your meeting experience by booking early.
Plan to bring the family….
National Harbor has something for EVERYONE!

Meeting attendees can reserve room directly at 301- 965-2000