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Forests for the Bay

Educating Landowners about Healthy Forests and Clean Water

The Alliance coordinates Forests for the Bay, an education and outreach program for landowners who are interested in actively managing their woodland and/or restoring woods on their property.

Forests for the Bay training, events and workshops actively encourages woodland owners to continue providing natural benefits for themselves and their neighbors through management, easing access to conservation funding, and developing educational initiatives. Workshops include “Your Woods and Your Wallet”, “Real Forestry for Real Estate”, “The Woods in Your Backyard”, “Discover your Woods”, and “Family Succession Planning.”

Did you know?

  • Water drains from 64,000 square miles of land in 6 states and flows through over 100,000 miles of streams and rivers before reaching the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Woods historically covered 95% of this Chesapeake Bay watershed. Despite 400 years of harvesting for agriculture, fuel, timber and other uses, forest land still comprises 58% of the land in the watershed.
  • Woodlands in the watershed have disappeared at 100 acres a day to development since the mid 1980’s.
  • There are currently 900,000 private family forest owners that own nearly 80% of the total Chesapeake forests. The majority of these landowners own less than 25 acres.

Tools and Resources

The Forests for the Bay website serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources to help landowners improve the vitality of the woodlands, increase wildlife habitat and protect water quality, generate income and overall enjoyment of their property.

The Alliance maintains LandServer, an online tool to help landowners plan forest improvement projects and evaluate their potential for participation in existing conservation programs or new and emerging markets such as forest mitigation banking and water quality credit trading.

Forests for the Bay Newsletter

A large part of this collaborative effort to educate and provide resources for forestry landowners is the Forests for the Bay newsletter. This monthly newsletter is bursting with stories, regional events, trivia, and more! Sign up or read past newsletters by clicking the links below.

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Watch videos about the Forests for the Bay program, including our Tree Talk series.

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