Ben's blog

May the Forest Be With Us!

This legislative session, we saw huge wins in Maryland for the environment.  We banned Styrofoam take out containers, paved a path for Maryland to produce 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, and protected oyster sanctuaries. But while these grabbed headlines, the two bills I am the most proud of are two small forest bills that you might not have even heard of. One provides for a study of forest loss in Maryland and the other fixes a loophole in Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act.  Why are these so important to me? They hit close to home.