Forest Conservation Act - Qualified Professional
General Info - Statewide License
Forest Stand Delineations (FSD) and Forest Conservation Plans (FCP) required by the Forest Conservation Act must be prepared by a licensed forester, licensed landscape architect, or other qualified professionals. Individuals who are not licensed foresters or licensed landscape architects may become "Qualified Professionals" capable of conducting forest delineations or writing conservation plans by meeting certain educational and work-experience criteria and completing a DNR approved forest conservation course.
Final approval of Qualified Professional status is determined by the state FCA coordinator upon receipt of your Qualified Professional application and notification of your successful course completion.
Obtaining the License
Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
You must complete the Department of Natural Resources Approved Qualified Professional Course.
You must have a four year degree in natural resource sciences, natural resource management, landscape planning or environmental planning OR four years appropriate professional experience in the aforementioned fields OR a graduate degree in natural resources and 1 year of professional experience.
Apply for the License
Ready to apply?
Download the application .PDF file
Why the License is required?
To permit individuals who are not licensed foresters or licensed landscape architects to become "Qualified Professionals" capable of conducting forest delineations or writing conservation plans.
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?
The Code of Maryland 08.19.06B (1)-(4)