Forest Conservation Fund

Montgomery County Forest Conservation Fund

In certain cases, applicants with reforestation requirements per the Forest Conservation Law may contribute to Montgomery County’s Forest Conservation Fund by paying a fee in lieu of planting or protecting forest. As of July 1, 2019, the Forest Conservation Fee-in-Lieu rate is $1.25 per square foot. Fee-in-Lieu payments that contributed to the Forest Conservation Fund during the last two fiscal years are shown below, along with expenditures from the Forest Conservation Fund for forest and urban tree planting projects throughout Montgomery County.

Forest Conservation Fund Revenue

Fee in Lieu Contributions in Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020


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Developers have contributed funds equal to 42 acres of reforestation through in-lieu fee contributions. The Montgomery County Planning Department has reforested 59 acres with the Forest Conservation Fund to date.

Forest Conservation Fund Expenditures


Fiscal Year 2019, July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Jurisdiction  Watershed  Purpose  # Acres Reforested  Total Cost*
Unincorporated Areas of Rockville Lower Rock Creek Reforestation on county parkland 0.46  $8,400
Chevy Chase Lower Rock Creek Reforestation on county parkland 0.04  $700
Lyttonsville Lower Rock Creek Reforestation on county parkland 0.18  $3,300
Silver Spring Northwest Branch Reforestation on county parkland 0.35  $6,400
Wheaton Northwest Branch Reforestation on county parkland 0.16  $2,900
Silver Spring Paint Branch Reforestation on county parkland 0.14  $2,600
North Bethesda, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Kensington Cabin John Creek, Lower Rock Creek, Sligo Creek, Little Falls Free urban tree planting program 0.32**  $9,200
[throughout  Montgomery County] [throughout  Montgomery County] Native tree coupon program 5.95**  $23,800
Dickerson Little Monacacy River Re-Leaf the Reserve reforestation – private farmland 1  $22,000
Silver Spring, Takoma Park Sligo Creek Transplanting large trees to increase urban tree canopy 0.49** $49,000
 Total 9.09  $128,300
* Rounded to nearest hundred
** Acres estimated based on the Forest Conservation Law’s definition of forest: 100 trees per acre

 

Fiscal Year 2020, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Jurisdiction  Watershed  Purpose  # Acres Reforested  Total Cost*
Chevy Chase Lower Rock Creek Reforestation on county parkland 0.31  $5,600
Rockville Lower Rock Creek Reforestation on county parkland 0.2  $3,600
Kensington Lower Rock Creek Reforestation on county parkland 0.6  $10,900
Potomac Potomac Direct Reforestation on county parkland 0.14  $2,500
Silver Spring Northwest Branch Reforestation on county parkland 0.36  $6,800
Chevy Chase Little Falls Reforestation on county parkland 0.13  $10,100
[throughout  Montgomery County] [throughout  Montgomery County] Reforestation maintenance on county parkland n/a  $13,000
Bethesda, Silver Spring Lower Rock Creek, Sligo Creek Free shade tree planting program 0.3**  $11,300
[throughout  Montgomery County] [throughout  Montgomery County] Native tree coupon program 6.68**  $26,700
Dickerson Little Monacacy River Re-Leaf the Reserve reforestation on private farmland 2.5918  $75,200
Barnesville Little Monocacy River Re-Leaf the Reserve reforestation on private farmland 0.5 $14,500
Poolesville Horsepen Branch Re-Leaf the Reserve reforestation on private farmland 1 $29,000
Poolesville Potomac Direct Re-Leaf the Reserve reforestation on private farmland 0.6864 $19,900
Olney Hawlings River Transplanting large trees 0.03** $2,400
 Total 13.53  $231,500
* Rounded to nearest hundred
** Acres estimated based on the Forest Conservation Law’s definition of forest: 100 trees per acre
Last Updated: September 16, 2020