In the fall, people from all across Frederick gathered after planting hundreds of trees with Stream-Link Education in Thurmont to demand stronger protections for local forests. Frederick County has been losing too much forested land for too long: according to the Livable Frederick Master Plan, 420.3 acres of forest each year are being lost, and approximately 5,464 acres of forest were lost in the county from 2001-2014. If that trend continues, Frederick would lose over 2,000 acres between now and 2025 - an unacceptable loss to Frederick County’s air quality, the Monocacy River and local streams, climate resiliency, and quality of life.
Right now, the Frederick County Council is considering two bills to reverse that trend.
If approved, this no net forest loss legislation would restore Frederick County’s position as a leader in forest conservation in the face of intense development pressure.
Originally, these bills were scheduled for an online public hearing on May 5. But with all of the changes needed to adjust to our new reality, particularly with the County budget, tonight's hearing on these bills has been delayed - and that means that there isn't time to pass the bills before the 90-day deadline from bill introduction to passage written into the County charter. Managing the current crisis comes first; but when the time is right it's important that the County prioritize reversing the continued loss of forested land we see. Send a message to the County Council and Planning Commission about why Frederick's forests are important to you, and why they should revisit these critical changes to the zoning code and the Forest Conservation Ordinance as soon as possible!