In 1906, the State Board of Forestry in Maryland was third in the nation to establish a system of forests, parks, and selected natural resource open-spaces. Fred W. Besley was appointed by Governor Edwin Warfield to become Maryland’s first State Forester. Mr. Besley served for 36 years. Today, Marylanders are learning his lessons of forest conservation, and listening to the music of the trees. MR. BESLEY’S FOREST was directed by Cheryle Franceschi and produced by Por Eco Productions. Watch it here. The film continues to stream on MPT and you can watch it here.