Forestry Program Brings Shorelines To Life
Anne Arundel Countys Forestry Program is housed within the Code Compliance Division of the Department of Inspections and Permits. The Forestry Program administers the reforestation requirements of the Critical Area Program, and the Maryland Forest Conservation Act. A primary component of this program is the coordination of voluntary reforestation projects with landowners and community associations.
With over 530 miles of shoreline in the county, the Forestry Program also encourages homeowners to implement living shorelines to control erosion. Living shorelines offer non?structural, natural stabilization and reduce the erosive effects of wind-driven waves and boat wakes. They filter and remove nutrients and other pollutants from the waterway. They also provide a food source and natural habitat for wildlife and aquatic life. Characterized by wetlands, sand beaches, submerged aquatic vegetation and mud flats to provide natural stabilization, living shorelines are an excellent choice for waterfront homeowners.
The Forestry Program can assist homeowners with living shoreline projects. They offer recommendations on projects, and also will provide up to 2,000 marsh grass plantings for approved projects, based on availability. Each fall, county foresters and staff harvest seed from native aquatic grasses. The seeds are stored until early spring when they are planted. The seedling grasses are then donated to homeowners for approved projects in the county. The county has developed a shoreline evaluation and video to help homeowners determine the health of their shoreline. Visit the Department of Inspections and Permits website for more information: http://ww.aacounty.org/IP/Resources/Shoreline_Evaluation.pdf or http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/launch/livingshoreline.cfm.
Additional information is available by calling 410-222-7441.