Sustainable Forestry Relies on Markets-wood businesses gives landowners confidence in forestland investments with long time horizons. Lose the industry, fragment the forest.
Maryland has for decades pursued stopping forest loss, primarily with the intent to preserve the environmental benefits provided by forests. Well understood by the public, restoring water quality is the chief driver of these policies.
The Foundation includes the economic importance of forests as further justification for protecting forest cover, pointing to the billions of dollars gained from sustainably harvesting and processing products from the forest. Although these economic justifications are commonly expressed, rarely are they translated into specific actions targeting the health and financial means to retain and steward the forests in our rural areas. The Foundation is focusing on addressing barriers to wood energy use in planning Maryland's clean energy future. Wood is a renewable alternative to use of fossil fuels in local combined heat and energy projects.