Nearly 2.7 million acres, or 43% of Maryland's land surface, is forest. Oak and hickory are the dominant hardwoods, making up 60% of forested areas. Loblolly pine is the most prevalent softwood and is the predominant forest tree on the Eastern Shore. Chief forest products are lumber, pulpwood, and piling. The total value of all manufacturing relating to wood and forest products in the State exceeds $500,000,000 annually.
The State Forest and Park Service of the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for six State forests, one State forest nursery, and six demonstration forests covering 134,006 acres. Demonstration forests show landowners the short- and long-term effects of sound forest and wildlife management practices.
July 10, 1998
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