Maryland Manual On-Line -



[photo, Pines, Gunpowder Falls State Park, south of Bradshaw, Baltimore County, Maryland] One of the largest industries in the State, the forest industry generates more than $200 million for Marylandís economy and over 6,000 jobs. The greatest revenue and employment comes from Garrett and Allegany counties in western Maryland.

Over 160 native or naturalized tree species can be found in Maryland. Oak and hickory are the dominant hardwoods, making up 60 percent of forested areas. Loblolly pine, the predominant forest tree on the Eastern Shore, is the most prevalent softwood.

Pines, Gunpowder Falls State Park, south of Bradshaw, Baltimore County, Maryland, October 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Although a large contributor to the economy, the forest industry has seen a sharp decline in recent years. In 2008, there were 7,230 forestry related jobs in Maryland. As of the 2009 report by the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, that number has fallen to 6,034. Generated tax revenue also has been greatly reduced. In reports by the Comptroller of Maryland, lumber production tax receipts for Fiscal Year 2009 generated $290 million, while Fiscal Year 2010 receipts had fallen to $278 million.

Despite these numbers, the forestry industry still supplies more than eleven percent of Marylandís overall tax receipts, with over nine percent coming from lumber production alone. Chief forest products are lumber, pulpwood, and piling.

In 2008, forests constituted 2.7 million acres (43%) of Maryland's land surface.


Maryland has eight State forests. The Forest Service of the Department of Natural Resources oversees them along with the Chesapeake Forest Lands, four demonstration forests, and one tree nursery, totalling nearly 200,000 acres. Demonstration forests show short- and long-term effects of sound forest and wildlife management practices.







Source: Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources

Maryland Trees
Maryland Natural Resources
Maryland Government
Maryland Constitutional Offices & Agencies
Maryland Departments
Maryland Independent Agencies
Maryland Executive Commissions, Committees, Task Forces, & Advisory Boards
Maryland Universities & Colleges
Maryland Counties
Maryland Municipalities
Maryland at a Glance

Maryland Manual On-Line

Search the Manual

 Maryland Manual On-Line, 2011

August 9, 2011   
Note: In this past edition of Maryland Manual, some links are to external sites.  View the current Manual

This information resource of the Maryland State Archives is presented here for fair use in the public domain. When this material is used, in whole or in part, proper citation and credit must be attributed to the Maryland State Archives. PLEASE NOTE: Rights assessment for associated source material is the responsibility of the user.

Tell Us What You Think About the Maryland State Archives Website!

[ Archives' Home Page  ||  All About Maryland  ||  Maryland Manual On-Line  ||  Reference & Research
||  Search the Archives   ||  Education & Outreach  ||  Archives of Maryland Online ]

Governor     General Assembly    Judiciary     Maryland.Gov

© Copyright May 09, 2011 Maryland State Archives