Potomac Garrett Maryland State Forest Work Plan Draft – Fiscal 2023

Feb 9, 2022

The FY-23 Annual Work Plan for Potomac-Garrett State Forest was formulated in 2021. It contains projects to be undertaken in the areas of Special Projects, Maintenance and Operations, Recreation, Watershed Protection, Ecosystem Restoration / Protection, and Wildlife Management. In addition to the routine operations and management of the State Forest, the FY23 Annual Work Plan for Potomac-Garrett State Forest details four land management projects that will be the focus of the State Forest management staff for FY-23. All projects and proposals within this Plan have been developed to meet one or more of the Land Management Guidelines and Objectives outlined in the Potomac-Garrett State Forest Sustainable Management Plan including:

Forest Economy: management activities intended to maintain an economically sustainable forest and contribute to the local economy through providing forest-related employment and products.

Forest Conservation: management activities with a purpose to protect significant or unique natural communities and elements of biological diversity, including Ecologically Significant Areas, High Conservation Value Forests and old growth Forests. Old growth forest management serves to restore and/or enhance old growth forest structure and function.

Water Quality: management activities designed to protect or improve ecological functions in protecting or enhancing water quality.

Wildlife Habitat: management activities with the purpose to maintain and enhance the ecological needs of the diversity of wildlife species and habitat types.

Recreation and Cultural Heritage: management activities with a purpose to maintain and enhance areas that serve as visual, public camping, designated trails, and other high public use areas.