Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The Maryland DNR Forest Service is a key partner in the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework. The Forest Service is currently contributing to the forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment, which will provide information on the vulnerability of Maryland's westernmost forest ecosystems to climate change.

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

Mission: The Forest Service restores, manages, and protects Maryland’s trees, forests, and forested ecosystems to sustain our natural resources and connect people to the land.

The DNR has the lead role among State agencies in advancing the scientific understanding of Maryland’s vulnerability to climate change, and in advocating for sound planning to avoid or minimize the anticipated impacts. The Climate Action Plan guides the Department’s investments in and management of land, resources and assets to better understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change. The policy establishes practices and procedures related to new land investments, facility siting and design, habitat restoration, government operations, research and monitoring, resource planning and advocacy.

At the State-level, the 2015 Forest Action Plan: Strategy for 2016 to 2020 describes how climate change is being integrated into policy and operations. More information about the DNR's response to climate change can be found online at http://dnr.maryland.gov/forests.