Forestland and Urban Tree Canopy Conservation Plan; Department of Forestry shall establish. (HB309)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Forestry; Forestland and Urban Tree Canopy Conservation Plan required. Requires the Department of Forestry, in coordination with a Technical Advisory Committee composed of stakeholders, to develop a Forestland and Urban Tree Canopy Conservation Plan no later than November 1, 2026, and update such plan at least once every five years thereafter. The bill requires the Department to post and maintain on its website the most recent version of the Plan and to submit the Plan to the Governor and Chairmen of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources no later than November 30, 2026, and following any update to such plan. This bill is identical to SB 461. Read the Bill »


According to the Fiscal Impact Estimates, the bill will have the following expenditure impact: - In Fiscal Year 2024: $630,000 - In Fiscal Year 2025: $530,000 The bill would also require funding of $130,000 in both years to bring on one full-time staff member or contractor to coordinate and manage the plan. Additionally, if the Department of Forestry is expected to implement the plan, they would need to retain the one full-time coordinator on an ongoing basis, resulting in a continuing cost of $130,000 annually and an increase of one full-time equivalent (FTE). Overall, the fiscal impact of the bill is estimated to be $500,000 in the first year and $400,000 in the second year to develop the plan, along with ongoing costs for plan coordination and implementation.

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Bill Has Passed


01/05/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103381D
01/05/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2024Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/24/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
01/31/2024Committee substitute printed 24105613D-H1
01/31/2024Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
01/31/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB309H1)
02/07/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105613D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB309H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/27/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/29/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Committee substitute printed 24108638D-S1
03/04/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB309S1)
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108638D-S1
03/05/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB309S1
03/05/2024Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2024Senate substitute rejected by House 24108638D-S1 (1-Y 96-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 96-N)
03/07/2024Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2024Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2024House acceded to request
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2024Delegates: Hope, Glass, Marshall
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Marsden, Salim, French
03/09/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2024Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y -0-N)
03/09/2024VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N)
03/09/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB309ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB309ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/02/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 278 (effective 7/1/24)
04/02/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0278)

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