The Calvert County Critical Area Program, implemented in December 1988, requires the county to maintain 100% of existing forest cover within the Critical Area (land within 1,000 feet of tidal waters). When maintenance or replacement of forest cover on site is not possible, a fee is collected to cover the cost of replacement on another tract within the critical area.
These fees-in-lieu of replanting are held in the Critical Area Reforestation Fund and subsequently used to plant appropriate sites. The Critical Area Reforestation Evaluation Committee reviews all applications for reforestation or tree planting using the Critical Area Reforestation Fund.
The BOCC shall appoint representatives from the following entities:
American Chestnut Land Trust
Calvert Soil Conservation District
Department of Community Planning and Building
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service