Forest & Tree Clearing

Forest & Tree Clearing
A Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) goal is to maintain forest coverage in all land use designations. Forest that is removed for development in the CBCA must be replaced, or a fee-in-lieu of $0.40 per square foot must be paid so that trees may be planted elsewhere in the CBCA.

In the IDA, LDA and RCA, no more than 30% of the forest cover on a given property may be cleared for development. Clearing of 20% or less of the property’s forest cover requires replacement of that forested area on a 1 to 1 basis, or payment of a fee in lieu. Clearing of more than 20% of the forest cover requires replacement of a forested area of 1.5 times the area of forest cleared, or an equivalent fee in lieu. Replanted forest must have at least 400 seedlings/saplings per acre.