Agriculture & Forestry

In the growing metropolitan Washington region, farmland, forests, and other green space offer important environmental, economic, and quality of life benefits. Agriculture production also provides jobs and income to farmers and farm workers and local food for area residents and businesses. Farmland preserves open space that helps to protect ecosystems and natural resources. And forests and green infrastructure provide a natural foundation to filter water and air, support diverse animal and plant habitats, and provide recreational opportunities for area residents.

COG’s Urban Forestry Program is one of planning and planting, actively enhancing the preservation of forestry resources in the region through projects and workshops with member governments policies and programs in cooperation with federal, state, and local forestry program partners.  Through regional forest cover analysis, the program examines gaps in the forest canopy and forest habitat to target areas for reforestation and enhancement. 

COG’s Green Infrastructure Program examines regional green space and open space land cover types from urban pocket parks to urban agriculture; from small forest plots to large forestlands, meadow and farmland tracts.  COG produced the first comprehensive regional green infrastructure land cover maps in 2004 using 1999/2000 Landsat imagery and produced an update in 2013 using 2011 imagery. 

COG’s Regional Agricultural Initiative seeks to provide information on the current and historical state of agriculture in metropolitan Washington, and to create a regional agriculture network to link farmers, consumers, and policymakers.  

News & Multimedia

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    COG Hosts Foresters for Forum on Lyme Disease

    June 9, 2015

    The great outdoors serves as the office for our region’s foresters, farmers, horticultural, and landscape professionals, and tick-borne diseases like Lyme pose...

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    Maryland Passes Landmark Forest Legislation

    April 16, 2013

    Steven Koehn Director/State Forester at Maryland DNR Forest Service Co-Chair American Forest Foundation (AFF) Woodlands Operating Committee and member AFF...

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    Report highlights region's agriculture and challenges for the future

    December 26, 2012

    Known as home to the federal government major defense contractors biotech firms and universities it may come as a surprise that agriculture also plays a...

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    COG Launches NationalCapitalFarms.org

    November 10, 2009

    New site aims to promote and protect agriculture in the Metropolitan Washington Region.

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    COG, Area Urban Foresters Contribute to USDA's New People's Garden Project

    April 22, 2009

    COG, U.S. Forest Service, and region's urban foresters have been working together to make use of urban wood from local trees felled by storms and routine...

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    Putting Discarded Wood to Good Use

    June 28, 2006

    At a recent COG workshop, participants shared ideas on how to put discarded raw timber from the region's urban forests to better use.

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    Frederick Farm Tour Features Best Practices

    June 13, 2005

    The region’s elected officials braved the heat on a recent June day for an inside look at Frederick County’s agriculture and nutrient management.

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    New Programs Help Clean Region's Air

    May 25, 2005

    Members of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee are sharing innovative local programs as part of an effort to help clean the region’s air.

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