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1 Forest Legacy Assessment of Need Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Governors Commission for Protecting the Chesapeake Bay through Sustainable Forestry March 13, 2006

2 Todays Objectives: Briefly review process used to identify Forest Legacy Focus Areas Present Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Discuss additional FLP goals and criteria to refine Forest Legacy Areas

3 Important Public Values Scenic resources Recreational opportunities Public water supply protection Wetlands Interior forest habitat Rare, threatened and endangered species habitat Chesapeake Bay water quality improvement Forest products utilization Threatened by conversion to non-forest uses FLA Eligibility CriteriaAvailable Assessment Tools SFLA Ecological Model Tools to Support Forest Legacy Needs Assessment

4 FLA Eligibility CriteriaAvailable Assessment Tools Forest Stewardship SAP Important Public Values Scenic resources Recreational opportunities Public water supply protection Wetlands Interior forest habitat Rare, threatened and endangered species habitat Chesapeake Bay water quality improvement Forest products utilization Threatened by conversion to non-forest uses

5 Important Public Values Scenic resources Recreational opportunities Public water supply protection Wetlands Interior forest habitat Rare, threatened and endangered species habitat Chesapeake Bay water quality improvement Forest products utilization Threatened by conversion to non-forest uses FLA Eligibility CriteriaAvailable Assessment Tools SFLA Economic Model Tools to Support Forest Legacy Needs Assessment

6 SFLA Vulnerability Model Tools to Support Forest Legacy Needs Assessment Important Public Values Scenic resources Recreational opportunities Public water supply protection Wetlands Interior forest habitat Rare, threatened and endangered species habitat Chesapeake Bay water quality improvement Forest products utilization Threatened by conversion to non- forest uses FLA Eligibility CriteriaAvailable Assessment Tools

7 Locating Focus Areas IDENTIFY Ecologically and Economically Important Forest Lands Medium and High valued forests (SFLA) Values adjusted for private ownership as recommended by Commission FILTER At least 50% forest cover/assessment area Medium to High Stewardship Potential (SAP) Medium to High Vulnerability (SFLA) Review the Process

8 SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score Medium High Removing watersheds with low composite SFLA score IDENTIFY: Ecologically AND Economically Important Forest Lands Western Region Focus Areas By 2.5 km hexagons (natural breaks) IDENTIFY: Ecologically AND Economically Important Forest Lands

9 SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score Medium High Removing watersheds with forest cover <50% FILTER: At least 50 % Forest Cover Western Region Focus Areas By 2.5 km hexagons (natural breaks) IDENTIFY: Ecologically AND Economically Important Forest Lands FILTER: At Least 50% Forest Cover

10 SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score Medium High Removing watersheds with low stewardship potential FILTER: Medium to High Stewardship Potential Western Region Focus Areas By 2.5 km hexagons (natural breaks) IDENTIFY: Ecologically AND Economically Important Forest Lands FILTER: At Least 50% Forest Cover FILTER: Medium to High Stewardship Potential

11 FILTER: Medium to High Vulnerability Western Region Focus Areas SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score Medium High By 2.5 km hexagons (natural breaks) IDENTIFY: Ecologically AND Economically Important Forest Lands FILTER: At Least 50% Forest Cover FILTER: Medium to High Stewardship Potential FILTER: Medium to High Vulnerability Removing watersheds with low vulnerability

12 Defining Proposed Draft Forest Legacy Areas IDENTIFY FOCUS AREAS RELATE to other programs and objectives Marylands Green Infrastructure 1995 Forest Legacy Areas Rural Legacy Areas Existing Protected Lands Sensitive Species Forest Matrix Blocks Workgroup Drafting Results

13 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Black Bird Creek- Millington Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Focus Areas - SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score - Filtered Medium High

14 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs Green Infrastructure Corridors Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Black Bird Creek- Millington

15 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Black Bird Creek- Millington Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Protected Land Sensitive Species Areas 2002 MDP Forest Landuse

16 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Black Bird Creek- Millington Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Existing Forest Legacy Areas Existing Rural Legacy Areas

17 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Black Bird Creek- Millington Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas The Nature Conservancy – Forest Matrix Blocks

18 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Focus Areas - SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score - Filtered Medium High

19 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs Green Infrastructure Corridors Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

20 Protected Land Sensitive Species Areas 2002 MDP Forest Landuse Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

21 Existing Forest Legacy Areas Existing Rural Legacy Areas Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

22 Focus Areas - SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score - Filtered Medium High

23 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs Green Infrastructure Corridors Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

24 Protected Land Sensitive Species Areas 2002 MDP Forest Landuse Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

25 Existing Forest Legacy Areas Existing Rural Legacy Areas Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

26 Focus Areas - SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score - Filtered Medium High

27 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs Green Infrastructure Corridors Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

28 Protected Land Sensitive Species Areas 2002 MDP Forest Landuse Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

29 Existing Forest Legacy Areas Existing Rural Legacy Areas Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

30 Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs Green Infrastructure Corridors FLA Total Area: 2.43 million acres

31 Forest Legacy Program Primary Goals and Criteria Protect environmentally important, privately-owned forest land threatened with conversion to non-forest uses Provide employment opportunities and economic stability through maintenance of traditional forest uses FOCUS AREAS DRAFT FOREST LEGACY AREAS

32 SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score Low Medium High Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

33 SFLA Vulnerability Rank Low Medium High Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

34 SFLA Vulnerability Rank Low Medium High Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Existing Forest Legacy Areas Existing Rural Legacy Areas Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

35 Draft Proposed FLA Ecologic and Economic Rank Low Medium High Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

36 Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Draft Proposed FLA Vulnerability Rank Low Medium High

37 Forest Legacy Program Supporting Goals and Criteria Justify retaining or discarding select proposed areas Refine boundaries Address important regional considerations

38 Supporting Goals and Criteria Protect and maintain forested areas that are most important for providing water quality services Wetlands, riparian zones, floodplains Protect native forest plants, animals and habitats FIDS habitat, matrix forest blocks, sensitive species

39 Meet multiple conservation objectives of the States public and private conservation programs POS, Rural Legacy, MALPF, TNC, CELC Provide recreational opportunities Public lands, Greenways, Water Trails Supporting Goals and Criteria

40 Provide watershed and water supply protection Ground and surface public water supplies Provide educational opportunities Public lands, Visitors centers, Parks Maintain important scenic and cultural resources Maryland Historical Trust resources Supporting Goals and Criteria

41 Draft Proposed FLA Interior Forest Acres Low Medium High Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

42 Draft Proposed FLA Green Infrastructure Acres Low Medium High Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

43 Draft Proposed FLA Green Infrastructure Acres Low Medium High Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs and Corridors

44 Draft Proposed FLA Sensitive Species Acres Low Medium High Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

45 Draft Proposed FLA Sensitive Species Acres Low Medium High Sassafras-Bohemia Elk Neck- Susquehanna Deer Creek Prettyboy- Gunpowder Liberty Patapsco Patuxent-Crownsville Complex Middle Patuxent Lower Monocacy- Potomac Complex Catoctin- South Mountain Licking Creek Sideling Hill Greater Youghiogheny Green Ridge- Warrior Mountain Cumberland Backbone Mountain Nanjemoy Zekiah Lower Patuxent-Macintosh Saint Mary's River Parker Creek Black Bird Creek- Millington Upper Tuckahoe Nassawango Blackwater- Nanticoke Complex Pocomoke-Dividing Creek Coastal Bays Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Sensitive Species Areas

46 Next Steps Meet with State Conservation Programs POS Rural Legacy MET MALPF TNC Refine Assessment of Need and Draft Forest Legacy Areas Seek Public and Local Government Review

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48 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Focus Areas - SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score - Filtered Medium High

49 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs Green Infrastructure Corridors Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

50 Protected Land Sensitive Species Areas 2002 MDP Forest Landuse Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

51 Existing Forest Legacy Areas Existing Rural Legacy Areas Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

52 Focus Areas - SFLA Ecologic and Economic Composite Score - Filtered Medium High

53 Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas Green Infrastructure Hubs Green Infrastructure Corridors Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

54 Protected Land Sensitive Species Areas 2002 MDP Forest Landuse Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

55 Existing Forest Legacy Areas Existing Rural Legacy Areas Draft Proposed Forest Legacy Areas

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