Potomac Conservancy asks you to take action to support Frederick’s forests!

Dear Friend,

County Executive Gardner is working to protect Frederick’s forests. Will you help get Frederick’s Forest Resource Ordinance (FRO) back on track?

Your local waterways, including the Monocacy River, rely on streamside trees for protection. These protective tree buffers filter pollution, prevent erosion, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Frederick’s FRO program helps mitigate the impacts of tree loss from development, including along streams and rivers. The FRO program ensures that trees removed are replanted elsewhere in the county.

Over the past 5 years, Frederick County has lost 335 acres of forest. This may not sound like a lot, but keep in mind that one acre of forest can produce between $12,000.00-$77,000.00 in environmental benefits each year!

County Executive Jan Gardner is proposing amendments to the FRO program that strengthen forest protections throughout the county to reverse this trend of forest loss.

These FRO amendments are currently with the County Council, which has held two workshops to review them. But, the County Council has not yet brought these FRO amendments forward for a public process.

We think Frederick’s forests are worth the time and effort for a full public hearing – don’t you?

Thanks for taking time to stand up for trees!


Caitlin Wall
Policy Director

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