The Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council (WMRC&D), with grant support from the Rural Maryland Council, commissioned the development of a baseline risk assessment of Maryland’s forest resource, against a limited range of common legality and sustainability risks associated with sourcing forest products. This risk assessment will serve as a foundational bridge from which to build stronger understanding and connection between the global business community and Maryland’s responsibly managed forests.
The assessment asks a core question: What is the likelihood that wood originating in Maryland’s forests and entering the supply chain is associated with a sustainability risk?
Summary of Findings
Overall, Maryland’s forests perform very well against a range of common sustainability criteria associated with or acceptable forest sourcing. Review the final report for detailed findings and analysis.
|Sustainability Element||Risk Rating|
|Legality (including illegal logging, social governance, and corruption)||Low/Negligible|
|Biodiversity and High Conservation Values||Low/Negligible risk of wood entering the supply chain in direct association with adverse impact to high conservation values.|
Specified risk associated with invasive species impacts to high conservation values.
Suggested Mitigation: Development and implementation of a cohesive invasive species strategy, including assignment of technical staff and resource investment.
|Traditional and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights||Low/Negligible|
|Forest Loss or Conversion||Low/Negligible|
|Sustainable Harvest Levels||Low/Negligible|
|Genetically Modified Trees||Low/Negligible|
About this Project
With funds made available by the Rural Maryland Council, the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council (WMRC&D) commissioned Interforest LLC and New March Strategies a consulting firm providing forest certification and sustainability consulting services. An advisory committee was formed to provide support to the project team. This advisory committee is comprised of:
- Dan Rider, Maryland Forest Service
- Beth Hill, Maryland Forests Association
- Craig Highfield, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
To support continuity with The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC)’s project to create a certified branding program to promote Maryland wood products, team members engaged on both projects regularly meet to share information and coordinate activity steps and project oversight.