for 19th Annual Training Conference
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Thursday, May 25 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Integrated Forestland Management
The health of many public forests in Maryland is threatened.  Challenging the norm of “benign neglect,” Don uses Baltimore County’s 1000-acre Oregon Ridge Park as a case study for proactive management for forest ecosystem health and sustainability.  This case study covers a decade of work beginning with a quantitative forest health assessment and management plan developed to guide restorative management.  Don describes how forest science and practices are applied to manage the Oregon Ridge forest to protect water quality, provide for native habitat, and enhance recreational experiences for citizens in the face of oak decline, pests such as Gypsy moth, invasive plants, and deer herbivory.  The Oregon Ridge Park project is Maryland’s only example of a large public park being managed for forest health.

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Don Outen

Advocate for forest health and sustainability, Retired from Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Baltimore native Don Outen retired in 2017 from a 44 year career in land use planning and environmental management in Maryland. He was trained as a Geographer and Planner and is a Charter Member (since 1979) of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Don last worked for 29 years for Baltimore... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Benjamin Banneker B Room