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Forestry Policies (Maryland)

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Agricultural
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State 
Maryland
Program Type 
Environmental Regulations
Provider 
Department of Natural Resources

Maryland's forests are managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Division. The Forest Service issued in 2010 its Forest Strategy Document:

http://www.dnr.md.gov/forests/pdfs/sas/MDForestStrategy.pdf

In 2009 The State issued the Sustainable Forestry Act, which includes discussion of new forest markets including renewable energy development through biomass energy. In 2010 The Sustainable Forestry Council, created by the Sustainable Forestry Act, issued "Wood Energy Potential in Maryland":

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/sfcouncil.asp

Currently the primary policy drivers for Maryland woody biomass energy are the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Maryland Clean Energy Production Tax Credit. Maryland's RPS considers wood waste and black liquor (a wood products processing byproduct) as "Tier 1" renewable resources under the RPS criteria, and in 2008 68% of the Renewable Energy Credit (REC) market in the state came from these resources.

In 2010 The Pinchot Institute for Conservation issued "The Potential for Sustainable Wood-based bioenergy in Maryland", a document reviewing the availability of woody biomass resources in the state, as well as identification of technologies appropriate for energy conversion of these different resources, and a thorough discussion of the energy policy drivers in the state with regard to woody biomass markets:

http://www.pinchot.org/uploads/download?fileId=913

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources together with the Pinchot Institute for Conservation issued in 2010 "A Guide to Forest Biomass Harvesting and Retention in Maryland", which provides guidelines for sustainable woody biomass harvest for energy generation:

http://www.pinchot.org/uploads/download?fileId=915