Petition in Support of Forest Conservation Act Amendments

This letter, and a list of all signatories, will be sent to all Members of House Environment and Transportation Committee, and Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in during the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session. To learn more about this legislation, click here


Forest Conservation Act Amendments


Senate Bill 610/ House Bill 766

As a person of faith who respects the sanctity of the Earth and the whole web of life, I am writing to ask for your support for the Forest Conservation Act amendments, SB 610/HB 766.

Children once played easily in trees in their back yard, at a park down the street, or at Grandma’s house. But, today, forests are hard to find – when was the last time you spotted a child climbing a tree?

Over the past eight years, over 14,000 acres of forest have been lost due to development. Forests play a crucial role in stabilizing soil, improve water quality, offer important mammal habitats, and reduce ambient air temperatures with cooling shade. The Forest Conservation Act amendments will help protect priority forests for future generations.

The loss of tree canopy is felt by the general public and future generations, while developers profit from transforming land away from its natural state. Over the past three years, thousands of people of faith have planted over 13,000 trees at their churches, synagogues, and temples. However, for every 1 acre of forest planted by the faith community, Maryland lost 40 acres. Society cannot keep up with this pace of forest decimation. We need your help.

Please support Forest Conservation Act amendments to strengthen it so that we can truly protect forests and reverse this alarming trend.

We shall not steal trees from the next generation. Can we count on you to fight for sustained forest cover by supporting this bill?

Please vote in support of the Forest Conservation Act Amendments.

Who's signing

Shubham Agarwal
Conner McCrone
Donald Koza
Steve Rose
Johanna Wermers
Lisa Spain
Denise Frey
Norma Chapman
Barbara Warman
Nanci Wilkinson
Toni Hudson
Mandi Mader
Jim Laurenson
Mary Kambic
Bob Simon
Jacqueline Guild
Bethany Gregg
Steve Cleghorn
John McKusick
Doug Martin
Rita Ferry
Brad Schlegel
Ann Payne
Melinda Fowl
Janice Sevre-Duszynska
350 signatures

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  • Shubham Agarwal
    signed 2018-11-12 02:34:05 -0500
  • Conner McCrone
    signed 2018-10-10 13:39:07 -0400
  • Donald Koza
    signed 2018-06-25 09:30:27 -0400
  • Steve Rose
    signed 2018-04-05 16:21:51 -0400
  • Johanna Wermers
    @johanna0584 tweeted link to this page. 2018-03-31 17:09:04 -0400
    Join me in signing this petition to #ProtectOurForests! Thou shall not steal #trees from the next generation!
  • Johanna Wermers
    signed via 2018-03-31 17:08:40 -0400
  • Lisa Spain
    signed 2018-03-31 15:49:25 -0400
  • Denise Frey
    signed 2018-03-30 21:40:29 -0400
  • Norma Chapman
    signed via 2018-03-30 16:12:15 -0400
  • Barbara Warman
    signed via 2018-03-30 11:50:26 -0400
  • Nanci Wilkinson
    signed 2018-03-30 10:42:16 -0400
  • Toni Hudson
    signed 2018-03-30 10:37:24 -0400
  • Mandi Mader
    signed via 2018-03-30 08:25:52 -0400
  • Jim Laurenson
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-30 07:44:35 -0400
    Join me in signing this petition to #ProtectOurForests! Thou shall not steal #trees from the next generation!
  • Jim Laurenson
    @JimLaurenson tweeted link to this page. 2018-03-30 07:44:31 -0400
    Join me in signing this petition to #ProtectOurForests! Thou shall not steal #trees from the next generation!
  • Jim Laurenson
    signed 2018-03-30 07:43:29 -0400
  • Mary Kambic
    signed 2018-03-29 17:24:54 -0400
  • Bob Simon
    signed 2018-03-29 16:49:59 -0400
  • Jacqueline Guild
    signed 2018-03-29 14:57:48 -0400
  • Bethany Gregg
    signed 2018-03-29 11:38:47 -0400
  • Steve Cleghorn
    signed 2018-03-29 10:29:59 -0400
  • John McKusick
    signed 2018-03-29 10:12:09 -0400
  • Doug Martin
    signed via 2018-03-29 09:43:33 -0400
  • Rita Ferry
    signed 2018-03-29 09:20:36 -0400
  • Brad Schlegel
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-29 08:47:11 -0400
    Join me in signing this petition to #ProtectOurForests! Thou shall not steal #trees from the next generation!
  • Brad Schlegel
    signed 2018-03-29 08:46:47 -0400
  • Ann Payne
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-29 08:11:38 -0400
    Join me in signing this petition to #ProtectOurForests! Thou shall not steal #trees from the next generation!
  • Ann Payne
    signed 2018-03-29 08:10:43 -0400
  • Melinda Fowl
    signed 2018-03-29 08:08:26 -0400
  • Janice Sevre-Duszynska
    signed 2018-03-29 07:34:24 -0400
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