Stoney Demonstration Forest

Photo of Stoney Demonstration ForestHistory

History Stony Demonstration Forest was acquired by the State of Maryland on November 25, 1981. The property is the remnant of the once-extensive timberlands (2,000 acres) owned by Mr. Sydney Peverly. The property was managed by the DNR Forest Service from acquisition until 1996 when management was transferred to the DNR Park Service. In August of 2005, the property was transferred back to the DNR Forest Service for management.

In general, the forest was established approximately 90 years ago when agricultural land was abandoned and allowed to revert back to a forested condition. The woodland has a history of being managed for commercial timber production, with numerous timber sales occurring in the 1980’s.

Forest Management

Stoney Demonstration Forest consists of 317.87 acres of hardwood forest located on the north side of Nova Scotia Road between Tower Road and the Cullum Road in the Creswell area of Harford County, Maryland.

The Stoney Forest property boundary lines will be maintained and remarked every five years, or as needed to ensure that the boundaries of Stoney Forest are clearly visible from neighboring properties. The boundary line markings shall conform with the DNR standards for property line marking.

The Forest shall continue to serve as an educational resource where a variety of silvicultural practices, forest best management practices, and wildlife habitat management practices can be implemented and studied by school groups, landowners and other interested individuals.

Click here to see the Stoney Demo Forest Management Plan

The main objectives are:

  • To use scientific forest management techniques to demonstrate the integration of the multiple uses of the forest land of Stoney Demonstration Forest
  • To include the production of commercial forest products
  • The enhancements of wildlife habitat
  • The protection of soil and water resources
  • The maintenance as a forest recreation site in Harford County, Maryland
  • photo of tall trees in Mesic deciduous forestForest Road Management

    The 2 mile network of improved forest roads on Stoney Forest will be maintained for recreational and emergency access and to prevent soil erosion. All culverts, bridges, fords, water bars and other BMPs will be periodically inspected and maintained in a functional condition. The shoulders of all maintained roads will be mowed annually in the fall to prevent encroachment of trees and shrubs and to maintain access.

    Deadfall trees will also be removed as soon as possible to maintain access. Following each timber harvest, the roads will be dressed and returned to a suitable condition. The application of additional stone and grading should be performed as needed to maintain a suitable road surface.

    Hunting and Wildlife Management

    Public hunting on Stoney Forest is permitted during the legal hunting seasons with bow, muzzleloader, and shotgun. A free permit is required and is available from the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service’s Gwynnbrook Managed Hunt Permit office. Hunting is available for furbearers, forest game, upland game and deer, in accordance with the current hunting laws and regulations of Maryland. It is recommended to continue to maintain the public hunting opportunities on Stoney Forest. Care should be provided to coordinate non-hunting recreational opportunities during non-hunting season if possible.

    Area Hunting Regulations

  • Access to Stoney Demonstration Forest is restricted from September 1 through February 15 for the hunting season for seasonal permit holders with daily reservations (except on Sundays).
  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited.
  • Use of rifles is prohibited.
  • Leave No Trace

    Stoney Demonstration Forest is Trash Free. Read more about Leave No Trace.


    Stoney Demonstration Forest is located west of Aberdeen and east of Bel Air, Maryland. Public access to this area is off of Maryland State Route 543. The parking lot for this area is located on the north side of Nova Scotia Road between Tower Road and the Cullum Road in the Creswell area of Harford County, Maryland.

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    For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

    This area is a part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the State’s wildlife resources.

    Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.

    Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.​