No Net Loss of Forest initiative
The Montgomery County Planning Department launched its No Net Loss of Forest initiative in early November 2021. By working closely with key stakeholders, Montgomery Planning is considering several ideas that would achieve a more balanced approach to forest conservation in Montgomery County as a whole, including an amendment to the County’s Forest Conservation Law, policy changes, and additions to its forest conservation programs.
Since 1993, projects subject to the Montgomery County Forest Conservation Law have focused primarily on protection of pre-existing forest (both on-site and off-site) to meet requirements, resulting in permanent protection for over 12,500 acres of forest in Montgomery County. Additionally, the law has resulted in planting of over 2,500 acres of new forest in the county, which are also permanently protected. These planting and protection efforts intend to mitigate for the clearing of over 4,000 acres of forest by projects subject to the county law.
Montgomery Planning is proud that the Forest Conservation Law has resulted in planting and protection of more than 15,000 acres of quality forest in the county, roughly 16% of the county’s forest. The goal of this new initiative is to bring the acreage of forest planted and acreage of forest cleared closer together for the county as a whole, while retaining the option to protect pre-existing forest that has been successful to date.
To learn more about the Montgomery County Forest Conservation Law, see our FAQs.