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 during the 2019 Maryland Legislative Session. To learn more about this legislation, click here


 

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Amendments to Maryland's Forest Conservation Act

  • Task Force Bill (Bill numbers pending)
  • Fee-in-Lieu Adjustments (HB 272, SB 234)
  • No Net Loss Definition (HB 120, SB 203)

As people of faith who respect the sanctity of the Earth and the whole web of life, we are asking you to support the suite of three bills designed to improve Maryland's Forest Conservation Act.

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?

We are literally stealing trees from the next generation. From 2009 to 2017, over 14,000 acres of forest have been lost due to development. That's equivalent to 11,000 football fields! Forests play a crucial role in stabilizing soil, improving air and water quality, offering important mammal habitats, and reducing ambient air temperatures with cooling shade. 

The suite of three bills will:

  1. Create a task force made up of broad stakeholders to examine historical forestry data and make recommendations for how to protect our forests. 
  2. Fix the broken fee-in-lieu system that is currently failing to replace lost forests acre-for-acre.
  3. Redefine "No Net Loss" in the Act so that forested land is protected at the level it existed when the Act was first implemented in the 1990s, as originally intended.

At this time when the world is warming and trees are God's natural way of retaining balance to an ecosystem, the last thing we should be doing is allowing unfettered destruction of forests.

We shall not steal trees from the next generation. Please fight to protect our forests by supporting this bill.

Who's signing

Shubham Agarwal
Linda Coyle
Jill Huppert
Liz Gould-Leger
Aaron Ucko
Rosemary Hodges
Christiane Graham
Toni Hudson
Kathryn Gargurevich
Barbara Metz
peggy meyer
Carolyn Boudreaux
Stephen Cleghorn
Deborah Bowdoin
Jeremy Manela
Margie Lance
Lee McNair
Sue Lowcock Harris
Donald Berlin
Vivian Moore
Ruella Barnes
Ray Heil
Jeanne McCann
Rachael Neill
Linda Hunt
Nina Cardin
Lisa Spain
Denise Frey
Olivia Bartlett
159 SIGNATURES
350 signatures

Will you sign?


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  • Shubham Agarwal
    signed 2019-03-31 22:12:08 -0400
  • Linda Coyle
    signed 2019-03-18 08:18:30 -0400
  • Jill Huppert
    signed 2019-03-15 19:38:12 -0400
  • Liz Gould-Leger
    signed 2019-03-14 11:31:07 -0400
  • Aaron Ucko
    signed 2019-03-13 21:33:20 -0400
  • Rosemary Hodges
    @roseyO103 tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-26 23:43:31 -0500
    Join me in signing this petition to #ProtectOurForests! Thou shall not steal #trees from the next generation! https://www.interfaithchesapeake.org/forestpetition2019?recruiter_id=13825
  • Rosemary Hodges
    signed 2019-02-26 23:43:05 -0500
  • Christiane Graham
    signed 2019-02-26 09:36:33 -0500
  • Toni Hudson
    signed 2019-02-25 13:10:03 -0500
  • Kathryn Gargurevich
    signed 2019-02-24 18:55:27 -0500
  • Barbara Metz
    signed 2019-02-24 11:05:03 -0500
  • peggy meyer
    signed 2019-02-23 11:24:57 -0500
  • Carolyn Boudreaux
    signed 2019-02-22 13:28:32 -0500
  • Stephen Cleghorn
    signed 2019-02-22 10:21:22 -0500
  • Deborah Bowdoin
    signed 2019-02-22 09:02:27 -0500
  • Jeremy Manela
    signed 2019-02-21 23:42:12 -0500
  • Margie Lance
    signed 2019-02-20 11:53:40 -0500
  • Lee McNair
    signed via 2019-02-19 21:33:29 -0500
  • Sue Lowcock Harris
    signed 2019-02-19 10:22:40 -0500
  • Donald Berlin
    signed 2019-02-19 08:05:46 -0500
  • Vivian Moore
    signed 2019-02-18 21:29:28 -0500
  • Ruella Barnes
    signed 2019-02-18 13:21:00 -0500
  • Ray Heil
    signed 2019-02-18 13:18:01 -0500
  • Jeanne McCann
    signed 2019-02-18 08:54:31 -0500
  • Rachael Neill
    signed 2019-02-18 08:49:56 -0500
  • Linda Hunt
    signed 2019-02-18 08:09:23 -0500
  • Nina Cardin
    signed via 2019-02-18 07:59:13 -0500
  • Lisa Spain
    signed 2019-02-18 07:50:36 -0500
  • Denise Frey
    signed 2019-02-18 07:38:20 -0500
  • Olivia Bartlett
    signed 2019-02-16 23:07:48 -0500
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