The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) announced the release of the ‘Forestry’ Edition of the ‘Farms in Focus’ video series on Southern Maryland’s key agricultural sectors.
SMADC’s latest video showcases the region’s forestry industry of flourishing professionally and privately managed woodlands and network of locallyowned and operatedlogging companiesand sawmills thattogethercontributemorethan $585 milliontowards thestate and local economy andsupportupwards of3,000 jobs.The combined efforts of these businessesproducewellover 35 million board feet of lumber a year.
The videofollows the journey of Southern Maryland grown timber from forest glade to finished product and particularly highlights the interdependent business and personal relationships that are vital to the success and overall sustainability of the region’s forestry industry.
Interviewsalong the waywith forest stewards,professional forestersandexperiencedloggersillustrate how careful forest management andjudicious loggingensuresthat Southern Maryland’s forestsare continuouslyreplenished and remainvibrant renewableresourcesthat providenotonly valuable wood products, but alsoatreasure chest of addedenvironmentalbenefits including wildlife habitat, cleanerairand water, erosion andclimate control, and thousands of acres for recreational enjoyment.
The forestry video is a wealth of information forlandownersand farmerswhoare interested inestablishing ordevelopingwoodland for timber, wildlifemanagement, protecting natural areas or other goals. DavidGailey, Regional Forester for Southern Maryland, explainshow foresters of the Maryland Department of the Environment Forest Service can help to assess site and soils, recommend best management practices,andprovideongoing consultationfor landowners tomaximize the potential of their woodland.
The ‘Forestry’ video and seven more previously released editions can now be viewed on the ‘Farms in Focus’ page at SMADC.com. The video series covers all aspects of Southern Maryland’s diverse agricultural profile with a focus on the farmers, producers, the goods and the services of the region’s key agricultural industries. ‘Farms in Focus’ is produced by SMADC (a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland), and filmed by accomplished agriculture videographers Edwin Remsberg Studios. Visit SMADC.com for more farm resources and consumer guides.
The “Farms in Focus” video series is made possible by a grant awarded to SMADC through the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF).