Tree Farm Recognition Program
The purpose of the Tree Farm program is to encourage forest landowners to practice sound forest management for increased wood production, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, recreation and aesthetic benefits. To qualify for certification, the woodland owner must have 10 or more acres of woodland. They must manage their property for forest products, wildlife, water protection, and aesthetics and protect their woodland from fire, insects, and disease.
Active tree farmers may be eligible for the annual Maryland Tree Farmer of the Year award, which can lead to regional and national recognition for good forest management. All tree farms meet the criteria for the Forest Stewardship Program so landowners can take advantage of the many cost-share opportunities.