DEEP GC3 Climate Solutions Webinar - “No Net Loss of Forest” Policy – Advice from Maryland and New Jersey - Shared screen with speaker view
Good Afternoon from Milford Conservation Commission.
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what definition of forest cover is MD using through this Act?
Under NJ's model, are there any implications for traditional forest management practices (harvests) on state forests? Similar question relative to habitat management for wildlife that involves removing trees (ie. young forest management)
Is there any Federal legislation for net loss?
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
Where can we find more information on how no net loss is part of NJ's 80 x 50 strategy?
I have friends in Takoma Park, MD who told me that homeowners can't remove certain trees from their own property without approval from some town entity. Do you know if that's true and is so, are there any other cities/towns that do that as well?
Unlike NJ, does Maryland's NNL apply to town/county/locally-owned land?
Colleen - in CT, yes, Hartford. Much more common outside of CT (e.g. Westchester and Suffolk Counties)
Colleen - yes that is true of Takoma Park. You need to pay for a permit from the City (approved after a visit from the City arborist) in order to remove a tree on private property.
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
are forests the only ecosystem to be part of the 80x50 plan or did I also hear wetlands included there as well? Are agriculture lands included?
Here in CT solar farms are contributing to forest loss – is this occurring in MD and NJ and if so how are these states approaching this issue?
For both states, please describe in further detail some of the funding and tax incentive provisions. For example, in looking at the MD Act I see reference to incentives to plant native trees, as well as use of recording fees and transfer tax revenue for programs.
Raul de Brigard
Why is there no state map showing all lands signed up under 490 as forest lands? Why is no one tracking the degree to which this program is helping in the preservation of forest in CT
what about “edge forests” along transportation corridors ie. railroads, I95, Merritt Parkway ROW’s? CT Coastal town experience clear-cutting along the corridors.
Should the issue be “no net ecosystem service loss”? So as to address the problem caused by the loss of mature trees?
How does "deforestation" to create new habitat, young forests fit in? Over a short time there are surely many more "stems" and ultimately trees down the line. Is there a time frame for re-establishment of tree species/ tree cover.
@Mary Pelletier, EXACTLY. All forests are not created equal. Only mature forests can offer the biodiversity needed, and the trees communicate through their root system with so many other beings, including humans.
Maryland: Forest Preservation Act: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb0706T.pdfhttps://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Documents/nonetlossfinalreport.pdfNew Jersey: NNLF Program Guidelines https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest/community/pdf_files/NNL_Program_Guidelines.pdf
The majority of undeveloped open spaces and forested land are privately owned. How can we ensure that these lands remain in their natural states when in economic and legal conflict?
Town policies affect urban plantings as well as local woodlands and forests How can towns imprint on leaders to stop cutting trees and eroding away larger blocks of trees.
Frank and Ann Zitkus
Yes, "No Net Ecosystem Service Loss" is much clearer and more helpful language.
with reforesting efforts what are the considerations with species being chosen? Doug Talamy's work? Fruit and nut trees?
Good comment from Carrie on tree replacement. Similar problem was experience in Greenwich.
within urban-suburban areas, the large forest blocks tend to be on riparian corridors, which provide considerable benefits as migratory pathways. Should the benefits of forests along riparian corridors be specifically identified/protected in high-density urban-suburban areas?
How about thinking about “No net loss of Forest soils”?
Rebecca - there is a question in the Chat attributed to me, but I did NOT send the message.
Evan - Yes - need to consider forest soils
What advice can each of these professional give about how to handle tree management in electric utility Rights of Way? Can also include DOT, Rail lines...But please focus on Electric Utilities like Eversource ROW aggressive practice. Thank you.
Our dependence on property taxes is a major reason for forest loss. Towns have to encourage the creation of industrial parks and commercial uses to produce property taxes. This means forests are cut down. We have to revise our entire tax structure so development isn't encouraged to produce property taxes.
Is this sort of program better administered as a state-wide program or at the local level. At the state level to set the policy, but at the local level to administer.
Frank and Ann Zitkus
Absolutely agree that schools should not be primarily funded by towns in CT. Current town funding of schools results in loss of open space and also greatest education inequity in nation between poorer and richer towns.
Expanding PA490 to include smaller forested lots would provide an additional local incentive for landowners to keep these lots forested.
The LISS RCPP brought over $4M from USDA NRCS for forest easements in the Long Island Sound Watershed. To prioritize, also targeted funds to source water protection (drinking water). So have some history on using forests in watershed protection. Have you prioritized source water protection watersheds for No Net Loss similar to protecting Chesapeake?
PA490 expansion may be opposed by local legislators because it lowers critical local property tax revenues, so perhaps forest loss mitigation fees could be applied to reimburse towns for that income loss, since protection of these forests does mitigate forest loss overall.
A note that the Highstead Foundation is working on estimating the carbon stock & seq benefits of forests in New England, and as a part of this we are estimating the potential carbon benefits for CT of a no net loss policy. Results are not available yet but we will have a report soon.
Maryland's Forest Conservation Act also exempts forest management. Management is not seen a land use change.
Perfect Carrie. Thank you for your answer to that management question!
Thanks for this opportunity
Bravo to all!
Thank you !!!
Great content - thanks to all!
Excellent webinar! Great panel and chat. Thank you!
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
Thank you to our speaker!
Eric, Chris and all the speakers. Thanks
Great info! Thanks!