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Forest Resource Ordinance Program
Contact Information
Mike Wilkins
Principal Planner, Environmental

30 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701

Ph: (301) 600-2329
Fax: (301) 600-1645

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Forest Resource Ordinance Program
Program Overview
The Forest Resource Ordinance (FRO) protects and enhances local forest resources. This program was adopted in 1992 to meet the State Forest Conservation Act of 1991.

Forest Mitigation Requirements
Development, forest clearing, and earth disturbing activities must meet FRO requirements as follows:
  • Reforestation or Conservation: replaces forest that is removed as part of the development process and conserves remaining forest.
  • Afforestation: requires developers to plant forest in accordance with the "Afforestation Threshold" (20% of the project area).
  • Forest Banking Program
    This program accepts voluntary FRO easements. Each acre placed into easement is a "credit" that can be sold to others who need to meet their FRO requirements.
  • Fee-In-Lieu Program
    Money collected through this mitigation process is used to finance tree planting projects in the County.