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Forestry Workgroup

Scope and Purpose

The Forestry Workgroup coordinates, develops and implements plans and projects which focus on the contributions of forest lands in restoring the health and productivity of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and in retaining theireconomic potential. The workgroup provides a forum to discuss issuesand identify opportunities among the forestry community, interestedindividuals and organizations, and federal, state and local governments.Through the workgroup, natural resource management expertise is brought to Chesapeake Bay Program subcommittees.


  • Enhance communication and education regarding forestry issues within the Bay watershed.
  • Identify the need and opportunities for demonstration projects and program development.
  • Promote the establishment and management of forests and trees in urban, rural, and developing areas to improve water quality, and aquatic and terrestrial habitats associated with the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
  • Promote forestry research and monitoring needed to evaluate forestcontributions toward protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Ensure that forest resource information pertinent to the Chesapeake Bay is available to individuals and organizations interested and/or involved in implementing the Chesapeake Bay Program.

  • Rebecca Hanmer (Chair), Retired
  • Sally Claggett (Coordinator), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Julie Mawhorter (Staff), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

  • Tom Bailey, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Tracey Coulter, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)
  • Sloane Crawford, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Tim Culbreth, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Dean Cumbia, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Matt Ehrhart, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Lou Etgen, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Rob Farrell, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Robert Feldt, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • John Greis, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Anne Hariston-Strang, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Kirk Havens, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
  • Craig Highfield, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Nathan Hughes, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Monica Lear, District of Columbia
  • Brian Lecouteur, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Rich Mason, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Derrick McDonald, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jim McElfish, Environmental Law Institute
  • Judy Okay, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Matt Poirot, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Frank Rodgers, Cacapon Institute
  • Steve Saari, District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • Kelly Shenk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Gary Speiran, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Karen Sykes, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Don VanHassent, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Barbara White, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Brad Williams, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Diane Wilson, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Upcoming Events

    Open Session: Urban Tree Canopy Expert Panel


    Joe Macknis Memorial Conference Room

    Date / Time:

    June 3, 2015
    1:00pm - 4:00pm


    Open session for the Urban Tree Canopy Expert Panel. All are welcome to attend or participate remotely. Space is limited, so please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/forms/oVLLrAkrJY

    Presenters must RSVP by May 19. Non-presenters or remote participants may RSVP by May 27. Registration is not required if you are not presenting, but strongly encouraged to ensure we have enough space to accommodate as many people as possible.

    ***As of May 19 there are still seats in the room for June 3rd, but you must contact Jeremy directly if you wish to attend in person***

    Please plan to attend in-person if you wish to present. Presentations can be performed remotely, but presenting in the room is strongly preferred. Remote participants on the conference line will be muted, but will be able to submit questions or communicate using the webinar chat box. Apologies for any inconvenience, but this helps prevent disruptions to the meeting.

    Meeting objectives:
    -Provide context on this BMP review for urban tree planting and urban tree cover to stakeholders and expert panel members.
    -Provide input to the panel in the form of presentations or discussion that will help inform their evaluation of water quality benefits – specifically nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reductions – associated with urban tree cover and urban tree planting in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The input requested may address, but is not limited to: data, policy and regulations, experiences with implementation, or tracking and reporting credits.

    ***UPDATED Webinar information (now WebEx instead of Adobe Connect)***
    Short URL for joining webinar: https://goo.gl/vsEUgB
    Full URL for joining webinar: https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?MTID=m68c0dec6ac4e4ff1c7ed10c5cc0fa61b
    Log-in instructions:
    Join the webinar by following the link above and entering your name and email when prompted. Once logged in to the meeting you can connect to the audio by selecting one of three options: WebEx calls you (you provide the appropriate number); you dial into the line yourself, or; use your computer audio. The two conference line options are recommended.

    RSVP/Registration URL: http://goo.gl/forms/oVLLrAkrJY

    Space is limited so please RSVP if you plan to attend in person. Remote participation is available, but in-person attendance is encouraged. Presentations must be made in-person and will not be performed remotely. All presenters must RSVP by May 19th and provide their presentations by close of business on May 27th. RSVP here: http://goo.gl/forms/oVLLrAkrJY

    Experiencing WebEx issues?
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    If you are still having issues contact your organization’s IT helpdesk or call the WebEx support line at 866.229.3239 and choose Option 1. Or visit https://support.webex.com/MyAccountWeb/supporthome.do
    WebEx Meeting number: 644 802 086

    If having difficulty with WebEx, or you only want to listen, you can dial-in directly:
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    Access code: 644 802 086
    It is strongly recommended that you log-in to the webinar to view any slides or visuals.

    There is ample free street parking available in the surrounding area, but allow for extra time to park and walk one or more blocks (extra 10 minutes). Obey posted signs, fire lanes or other restrictions. Paid parking is available on-site at the City Marina for $3/hr or $20/day maximum.

    Entering the conference room
    The conference room (Suite 117) is located in the green building at the City Marina (410 Severn Avenue). The doors automatically lock and cannot be propped open or unlocked. If nobody is there to let you in you can ask for assistance at the front desk in Suite 112, which is not locked.

    Other questions? Contact Jeremy Hanson: 410-267-5753, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Past Meetings & Events

  • April 3, 2013 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • March 6, 2013 to March 7, 2013 - Chesapeake Forestry Project Review
  • February 6, 2013 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • December 5, 2012 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • November 7, 2012 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • October 3, 2012 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • September 5, 2012 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • October 5, 2011 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • August 17, 2011 - Bay Bank Brown Bag
  • April 6, 2011 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • November 3, 2010 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • September 1, 2010 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • March 3, 2010 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • February 3, 2010 to February 2, 2010 - Forestry Workgroup Conference Call
  • November 4, 2009 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • October 7, 2009 - Forestry Workgroup Call
  • September 2, 2009 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • April 15, 2009 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • November 18, 2008 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • September 29, 2008 - Bay Bank
  • September 23, 2008 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • June 28, 2008 - Bay Bank meeting
  • April 1, 2008 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • January 30, 2008 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • November 7, 2007 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • September 20, 2007 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • June 12, 2007 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • April 17, 2007 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • March 27, 2007 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • February 7, 2007 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • February 6, 2007 - Riparian Buffer GIS Meeting
  • November 28, 2006 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • October 30, 2006 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • September 19, 2006 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • August 8, 2006 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • April 12, 2006 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • March 1, 2006 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • January 12, 2006 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • November 2, 2005 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • September 16, 2005 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • April 25, 2005 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • March 15, 2005 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting
  • February 2, 2005 - Forestry Workgroup Meeting

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