Forest Service


Order Seedlings Online Now

The John S. Ayton State Tree Nursey is ready to take seedling orders for the 2015 planting season. Please click here to go to the online catalog to purchase your seedlings.

From the online catalog, choose from "Conifers" or "Deciduous" - Then click on the species name to add to your shopping bag.

Remember that all orders are first come fist serve so please get your order in today!

Ninety percent of Maryland’s forest land is owned by private woodland owners. Forest land is one of our greatest natural resources and if taken care of, can offer long term benefits for everyone. With these thoughts in mind we offer again this year many seedlings to assist landowners in their afforestation or reforestation projects. We hope that within these pages you will find the right options for your land and your objectives for that land.

ORV Registration Update

Off-road vehicles must be registered annually with DNR and display a registration sticker. Snowmobile and other ORV riders may purchase their off-road vehicle (ORV) permit online at The ORV permit is effective immediately and may be printed by the customer to carry with them while riding. The official permit decal will arrive in the mail shortly thereafter and must be affixed to the ORV. Registration stickers are also available from any DNR Regional Service Center. Trail maps are available at the State Forest office where ORV use is permitted.

Maryland Passes “No Net Forest Loss” Legislation

Forests in few states face more development pressure than Maryland’s. In an effort to stem the loss of forest, Maryland’s General Assembly passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013 in April. The legislation sets a goal of maintaining the 40 percent canopy cover that now exists in the state. Read more...

Frequently Asked Questions: Maryland Forest Preservation Act of 2013

Maryland Forest Action Plan

Maryland Forest Action Plan

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Forests of the Northern United States

Cover image of Forests of the Northern United States “The first step in knowing where you are going is to assess exactly where you are."

“Forests of the Northern United States,” a report recently produced by the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, creates a snapshot of the forested land, both public and private, which covers 172 million acres, or 42 percent of the land area, in the nation’s most densely forested and most densely populated corner of the nation.

The twenty states that make up the U.S. North are bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota. Compared to the rest of the country, the North has a higher population density, relatively little public forest land, and many private forest owners with small forest tracts. Fifty-five percent of northern forest land belongs to nearly 5 million family forest owners.

Learn more about this important report and download a copy by going to:

Maryland's Forests

Maryland’s Forests 2008 displays the condition and status of forests in Maryland as obtained and reported by the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (NRS-FIA) program. Previous inventories of Maryland’s forest resources were completed in 1950, 1964, 1976, 1986, and 1999. This report focuses on data collected from 2004 to 2008

2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest

The Maryland Forest Service along with the Maryland Forestry Boards is proud to sponsor the 2015 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. Please click here for more information.

Attention Forest Product Operators

If you hold a Forest Products Operators license, or are thinking about getting one, then take note of recent regulatory amendments made to licensing requirements and what you need to do to stay compliant. The regulation defines licensing requirements, specifies criteria for violable actions, and provides a process for license revocation or suspension. The application fee is now $30 for the annual license. This link provides a copy of the amended regulations as they appeared in the September 9, 2011 issue of the Maryland Register.

Trees in Maryland Coupon

Trees in Maryland Coupon

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

The EAB quarantine area has been extended, for complete details see the Quarantine Order. For more information regarding EAB please visit the following DNR web site: or visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture web site:

Buying FirewoodPhoto of stack of cut firewood

We get many calls from people either with questions about buying their seasons supply of firewood or what they can do after recently purchasing wood they were less than happy with. There are a few things you should know about wood and the laws regarding selling firewood that will help you make the best decision when making your firewood purchase.

Tree-Mendous Maryland

Tree-Mendous Maryland

Planting trees for healthy communities and a cleaner Chesapeake Bay.


Forests & Parks Centennial
1906 - 2006

Celebrate 100 years of conservation and recreation in Maryland.

Conservation History

Conservation History

Learn how we are preserving the legacy of natural resource conservation in Maryland.

Green Schools

Green Schools

Despite budget challenges and widely fluctuating energy costs, many schools became greener during the past year.

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Our 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.

Welcome to Your Woods

Learn about the benefits of owning woods and the resources that are available to help you.

UPDATED Timber Tax Tips

The UPDATED Timber Tax Tips, with changes from the newly enacted tax law on December 17, 2010 (Public Law 111-312). It is current as of Sept. 15, 2011, and supersedes Management Bulletin R8-MB 136.

The Power of Trees in Cumberland

Learn about the importance of trees in Cumberland, Maryland by viewing a 15-minute video.

Forest Stewardship Landowner Questionnaire

Being a good steward of the land is important for the future of our natural resources. The Forest Stewardship Program provides assistance to aid in incorporating this land ethic into the management of your property via a Forest Stewardship Plan.

The online Forest Stewardship Landowner Questionnaire is a good first step towards successfully managing your forest. It is designed to assist you in thinking through your interests and the level of direct involvement you are able to provide to the stewardship of your forest land.

There is no fee for the online questionnaire. The submitted form will be forwarded to our local forester who will contact you to discuss your next step. Click here to go to the online Forest Stewardship Landowner Questionnaire.

Maryland’s forests are the focus of a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding entered into by seven agencies working towards keeping healthy and productive forests throughout Maryland. The partnering agencies include: the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR); the Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards (Forestry Boards); the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts (MASCD); the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA); the University of Maryland Extension (UME): and the United States Departments of Agriculture - Forest Service (FS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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