Commission for the Innovation and Advancement of Carbon Markets and Sustainable Tree Plantings



Dates and times are subject to changes. Marylanders are invited to attend.
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"The Maryland Carbon Markets and Trees Commission"

The Commission was created under the

Tree Solutions Now Act of 2021.

Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution, Chapter 645​

This independent Commission was established by the Maryland General Assembly as part of the Tree Solutions Now Act of 2021 (HB 991). As its charge, the Commission 
shall develop: (i) a plan to achieve the state’s carbon 
mitigation goal of planting five million native trees by 2030; 
(ii) a plan to ensure that trees planted under this Act are  
properly maintained; (iii) recommendations regarding the 
establishment of a Maryland–based carbon offset market 
to support the state’s tree-planting goals; and (iv) 
recommendations on reviewing state policies to reduce 
and fully mitigate the clearing of trees during the construction 
of state highways and other transportation projects.

In addition to supporting the Commission, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), with support from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT), is coordinating the tracking and implementation of this tree planting goal.  

Planting in underserved urban communities will be a key focus. The state also is working to optimize plantings to realize multiple co-benefits including carbon sequestration, improved air and water quality, and reducing urban heat island effects. This work supports the state's ambitious climate mitigation goals, where the 2030 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan (GGRA) lays out a pathway for achieving a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 relative to a 2006 baseline. These efforts also build on Maryland state government's leadership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the U.S. Climate Alliance, as well as ongoing restoration work through the federal Chesapeake Bay Program.​

Contact: Dr. Rachel Lamb, Maryland Department of the Environment,

​​​​​​The tree planting goals outlined within the Tree Solutions Now Act have also been leveraged towards a pledge by the state to grow five million trees by 2030 as part of the U.S. Chapter of the 

OneTrillion Trees Initiative.​

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