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Tree Laws, Programs and Committees

Trees are one of the most important natural resources we have, and they are one of our few truly renewable resources too. There are several laws and programs designed to protect our trees and forests, as well as encourage more plantings.

Learn more about some of the local and state laws that manage our trees in Montgomery County.

Forest Conservation Advisory Committee

The Forest Conservation Advisory Committee (FCAC), with its 22 voting members, represents the public, various County departments, the County Planning Board, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in advising the Executive, Council, Planning Board, and other relevant agencies on forestry policy issues, laws, and guidelines.

The Committee also has a number of duties. It must:

  • Recommend a comprehensive approach to urban forestry

  • Advise on a tree inventory

  • Review and comment on policies and programs related to forestry

  • Promote and seek funding for a sustained forestry program

  • Promote and foster a strong sense of community through urban forestry

  • Communicate with other boards, agencies, and community residents about forestry issues

  • Promote volunteerism

  • Act as a general information resource

Members serve 3-year terms without compensation but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for the meetings they attend. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair but not less than nine times per year.

To learn more about the FCAC, read the  enabling legislation PDF, 25KB)

Are you interested in being a member? Do you know anyone who would be? Check out the position description and application processPDF, 25KB). 


All FCAC meetings are open to the public. They are held in the DEP conference room at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Meetings are scheduled from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

2017 Meeting Schedule:

January 17, 2017
February 21
March 21
April 18
May 16

June 20
July 18
August – No scheduled meeting
September 19
October 17 
November 21

Meeting Minutes & Notes

Documents Developed by this Committee:

Useful Links

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