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Bark up State Legislators’ Tree, and Tell Them to Root for Our Forests By Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Imagine a one-stop solution for both air and water quality issues. Now imagine that this solution is as simple as protecting our existing forests and helping to plant new ones. With support from legislatures, and actions taken by the community, this dream can become a reality. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (C
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  Bark up State Legislators’  Tree, and Tell Them to Root for Our Forests By Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Imagine a one-stop solution for both air and water quality issues. Now imagine that this solution is as simple as protecting our existing forests and helping to plant new ones. With support from legislatures, and actions taken by the community, this dream can become a reality. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has been working since 1967 to protect forests and wetlands surrounding the bay and its connecting streams and rivers. Next week, the Maryland State Forest Conservation Act (FCA) of 1991 will be under review and many activists hope provisions will be made to make the legislation more effective in protecting more of Maryland’s “  priority ”  protection forests. These priority forests are currently being cut down at alarming rates with nearly 70 to 80 percent being removed throughout Maryland to make way for increased development with nearly no restrictions in place requiring forest replanting efforts. These forests take priority over other undeveloped land in the state because many forests alongside or near Maryland’s  waterways play an instrumental role in filtering runoff and  pollutants from water entering the watershed. Riparian buffers, trees and shrubs planted alongside waterways, can remove up to 65 percent of nitrogen, 45 percent of phosphorous, and 60 percent of the sediment that would otherwise enter the waterways. These dense forests also  play a prominent role in filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide from the air, thereby replenishing oxygen levels and making Maryland’ s air safer for both humans and the environment. With developers cutting down up to 17,000 acres of forests in the past nine years, the trend is expected to continue leaving more waterways exposed. Financially, protecting Maryland’s  remaining forests makes sense for the state as a whole, as records indicate that since 1973, forest destruction in the Baltimore/ Washington  region has resulted in a 19 percent increase in pollutants entering the bay and its tributaries. Since then, state taxpayers have payed billions of dollars to reduce polluted runoff. Meanwhile, one acre of forest can yield between $12,000 and $77,000 of environmental benefits each year. Having more forestry alongside the Bay and its tributaries helps to filter out pollutants and can save the state money if they maintain and nurture these easily accessible, free and natural filters. Protecting our region ’ s remaining forests is fundamental to improving the quality of life  both in and outside of Maryland and Virginia’s waterways. It makes both economic and ecological sense and we encourage all political orientations to help us in the fight for changes to the FCA, as our remaining woodlands may be one of our biggest allies when fighting climate change. The legislation to make these changes, Senate Bill 610 and House Bill 766, will be put to a vote Feb. 20 before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. Besides volunteering in projects to plant trees around the Maryland area, you can personally get involved by reaching out to your local legislators. Tell your representatives to support House Bill 766, and Senate Bill 610 to update the Forest Conservation Act to protect our remaining woodlands that are invaluable to our environment, our economy and our way of life.  ________________________________________________________________________  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protectig and preserving the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries through research, community outreach and public advocacy.     

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Apr 30, 2018
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