News You Can Use
- Learn How to Heat With Wood and Pellets Workshop
- Clean Burning Wood Stove Grant Program
- Central Maryland Forest Landowner Workshop and Walking Tour
- Wood Exempt from States Sales Tax
- Deer Management in Maryland Webinar
- Welcome to Your Woods
- Tree Canopy Goal Announced
The University of Maryland Extension is hosting a workshop for anyone interested in using or installing an inside stove or an outdoor wood boiler. Advances made in wood burning technology have dramatically improved efficiency and reduced emissions of residential stoves. The workshop will take place at the Baltimore County Agricultural Farm Park on November 20, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost to attend is $5 and those interested in attending must register online through the University of Maryland Extension's website.
Interested in investing in cleaner energy in your home? The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is providing grants for clean burning wood stoves which displace electric or non-natural gas fossil fuel heating systems. The MEA is allowing families who heat with wood or pellets to use the rebate to get a replacement stove. Grants up to $700 will be offered to residents for installation costs. More information and instructions to apply for a grant are available online from MEA. For additional information about wood stoves and their benefits, check out some articles from the University of Maryland Extension.
The Maryland Tree Farm Program is sponsoring an event for Maryland woodland owners to discover Maryland’s private woodlands. The half-day field tour is designed for woodland owners and enthusiasts interested in learning more about forest ecosystems and techniques and practices to improve the health, productivity, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in any woodlot. The event will take place October 5 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Baltimore County. For additional information and to RSVP, please visit the University of Maryland's Extension events webpage.
Maryland State law exempts the sale of wood, wood bark or residue, or refuse-derived fuel for heating purposes from the Maryland State sales tax. More information about the Wood Heating Fuel Exemption can be found through the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) website.
Through the University of Maryland Extension - Woodland Stewardship Education (WSE) Woodland Wildlife Webinar Series, Deer Management in Maryland is now available as a recording through the WSE website and the WSE YouTube channel. The webinar is presented by Brian Eyler, Deer Project Leader, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The Forestry for the Bay and the Alliance for the Chesapeake have released a guide entitled Welcome to Your Woods (PDF). The guide is designed to assist you in getting to know your woods by walking through the benefits that woods provide, the ways woods change over time, and how you can find additional resources to keep your woods healthy.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that Baltimore County's goal is to achieve and maintain a 50 percent tree canopy Countywide and within the three drinking water reservoirs by the year 2025. Additionally, the County will strive to achieve and maintain a 40 percent tree coverage within more populated areas inside the Urban Rural Demarcation Line and for each of the Census Designated Places (CDPs). Tree canopy maps and data on land cover are available by request for 30 CDPs in Baltimore County. These may be useful for finding opportunities for planting trees, for an understanding of overall tree canopy in a community and other such uses.
Revised November 6, 2013