2006 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts
Forest Management Plan Development for Oregon Ridge Park
Co-Authors: Mark Twery, Len Wrabel, and Don Outen
Abstract: Baltimore County’s Department of Recreation and Parks Management (DEPRM) is developing a forest management plan for the 1,043-acre Oregon Ridge Park as a part of its long-term forest sustainability program to ensure that the forest resources of the County provide critical ecological functions for biodiversity, water quality, and continue to meet the socio-economic needs of its citizenry today without diminishing the ability of forest resources to provide these benefits for future generations. Using ArcGIS to analyze and display data spatially and the NED decision-support software to inventory and analyze forest resources, DEPRM has begun working with Mar-Len Environmental and the USDA Forest Service to of assess current conditions as a first step to creating a sustainable management plan. The park has been identified as containing 27 forest stands of a variety of predominantly forest types, over 5 miles of trails, and 9 miles of streams. Work is continuing to assess the park for characteristics that include overstory biological and structural characteristics, health, understory biotic and abiotic characteristics and forest products potential. The plant inventory has identified several new species never previously known to be present at Oregon Ridge.