Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

 

 

 

Fall 2005

Stewardship of Public Lands Module

Dr. Joan Maloof is teaching a 3-credit course
      ENVR 499: Environmental Senior Seminar
      "Civic Engagement - Stewardship of Public Resources"

As part of the new Environmental Issues program at Salisbury University, a small group of students are examining the Maryland Forest Conservation Act. The Forest Conservation Act is a state wide policy which mandates the protection of a percentage of forests on new developments. Our goals are to examine the policy, then advocate for any necessary changes, and finally to educate others.

To determine if the Act is effective or not, we are going to learn if it is preserving forests in Wicomico County. Additionally we will be looking at current development sites to see how these regulations are being applied. If it is ineffective or being inappropriately applied, we will identify any loopholes, lack of communication, or weak areas where we could assist to remedy these problems.

We will be contacting officials, environmentalists, developers, and community members who can provide insight and information. In December we will present our findings to this same group of people in addition to the greater public with the goal of increasing the success of the Forest Conservation Act.