Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

Hughes Center

Who we are: The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology is a 501(c)(3) corporation affiliated with the University of Maryland College Park and the University System of Maryland.  Founded in 1999, the Center brings together diverse interests from the agricultural, forestry and environmental communities for the purpose of retaining Maryland's working landscapes and the industries they support while protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Center works toward achieving its diverse mission through a three-pronged approach of scientific research, policy analysis, and outreach and education efforts.

Mission Statement: To provide leadership to promote environmentally sound and economically viable agriculture and forestry as Maryland's preferred land use through research, outreach and collaboration.

Forest Action Plan Listening Sessions

Forest Action Plan Listening Sessions

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in concert with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology of the University of Maryland, will host six public listening sessions in May to aid in the development of Maryland Forest Service’s 2020 Forest Action Plan (FAP).

The FAP assesses the current state of the forest resources and lays out the strategy for addressing forestry priorities in the state. These listening sessions will allow stakeholders to provide feedback on how the FAP should be structured and what it should include.

What are the biggest issues facing Maryland forests? Is there anything threatening the state's forestry industry? What resources do Maryland's forests and foresters need? In addition to participating in the listening sessions this May, please take this short survey to provide input on the needs of Maryland's forests and forestry moving forward.

Listening sessions are held in every region of the state this May, with identical information presented at each event. All sessions are free and open to the public; registration is available at the links below.


The dates and locations of the listening sessions are:


Western MD - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Allegany College of Maryland, Continuing Education Building, Room 12/14

12401 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502

To register, visit go.umd.edu/fapwmd


Central MD (Frederick) - Thursday, May 9, 2019

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Urbana Regional Library, Anthony M. Natelli Community Room

9020 Amelung St., Frederick, MD 21704

To register, visit go.umd.edu/fapcmdf


Annapolis - Monday, May 13, 2019

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Department of Natural Resources, Room C-1

580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401

To register, visit go.umd.edu/fapcmda


Lower Eastern Shore - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ward Museum of Wildfowl, Legacy Center

909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, MD, 21804

To register, visit go.umd.edu/faples


Upper and Mid-Eastern Shore - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Chesapeake College, Room HPAC-127

1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679

To register, visit go.umd.edu/fapues


Southern MD - Monday, May 20, 2019

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Potomac Branch Library, Potomac Meeting Room

3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, MD 20640

To register, visit go.umd.edu/fapsmd


Any questions regarding the listening sessions can be directed to:

Nancy Nunn, Assistant Director

Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc


410-827-8056 ext. 129

Phase III WIP Information Sessions

Items From Meetings

The Hughes Center helped the Maryland Department of the Environment host three information sessions in April and May 2019 as part of Maryland's engagement strategy for its most recent Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The meetings featured an overview of the current draft WIP and provided participants with opportunities to ask questions of State agency representatives.

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation as given by Matt Rowe, Assistant Director of Water and Science Administration for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) can be found here. If you missed a session, there is still a chance to register for the Friday, May 17, 2019 webinar hosted by MDE, information for which can be found here.

As a reminder, the deadline for formal public comments to MDE is June 7, 2019. To submit a public comment, visit MDE's page here.

Mission-Based Work

Scientific Research

Since its founding in 1999, the Center has funded more than 70 research projects totaling more than $10 million in funding. Research funded by the Hughes Center has changed agricultural practices globally. Maryland farmers are now considered national leaders in conservation practices — in part because of the research funded and policy recommendations provided by the Hughes Center. Today, the Center continues to develop scientific research to address the needs of Maryland's communities.

Discover more here

Policy Analysis

As a member of the Advisory Committee for the Governor’s Agricultural Forum and Strategic Plan, the Center played an important role in helping to plan the listening sessions that elicited input on agricultural and forestry issues from over 500 Maryland citizens, and ultimately in the formation of the 2006 Statewide Plan for Agricultural Policy and Resource Management.

As a member of the Governor's Commission on Protecting the Chesapeake Bay through Sustainable Forestry, the Center helped to shape Maryland's Strategic Forest Resource Plan for 2006, which recognizes that Maryland's forests should be managed with an eye towards the multitude of services they provide, including clean air, clean water, diverse habitat for wildlife, economic return, and recreational opportunities, among others.

Education and Outreach

The Center continues to expand its Education and Outreach efforts in Maryland.  Center staff members periodically brief the House Environmental Matters Committee and the Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; hold workshops on research topics such as the availability of tools to preserve working landscapes; make presentations to local governments and community groups; and participate in several interdisciplinary networks through the University of Maryland.

Learn more here

Support Us


Want to support the Center? The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. is a 501(c)3 affiliated foundation with the University of Maryland College Park. Our Form 990 is available online. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Call Nancy Nunn, Assistant Director, at 410.827.6202 or e-mail her at nnunn@umd.edu for details on how to make your donation.


Would you prefer to donate your time, resources, or expertise? We are always seeking volunteers to assist with event planning and execution, fundraising efforts, mailings, and general Center operations. Please send an e-mail to agroecology@umd.edu or call 410.827.6202 with your specific interests/skills and availability.

Contact Us and Annual Report

Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.
PO Box 169
124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658

Phone: 410.827.8056
FAX: 410.827.9039

Center Staff