Help is available to help replace trees that were destroyed in Maryland by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The State is offering $25 coupons toward the purchase of a Maryland native tree through the Marylanders Plant Trees program.
Citizens concerned about planting new trees in light of the recent storms can learn best practices on selecting the location of new trees by visiting trees.maryland.gov/plant.asp or by contacting a participating tree nursery for further tips and advice.
Groups that would like to plant trees on public lands such as schools, churches and parks can buy them at a significant discount through Tree-Mendous Maryland. These trees also contribute to Maryland's citizen tree planting goal.
Trees protect water quality, clean our air and provide important wildlife habitat. One large tree can eliminate 5,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year, and well placed trees can help reduce energy costs by 15 to 35 percent. Trees also help beautify communities and parks, provide sound barriers and shade, and help increase property values.
The Marylanders Plant Trees program continues to offer $25 coupons toward the purchase of native trees costing $50 or more, redeemable at nearly 86 participating nurseries across the State.
DNR encourages citizens to “plant and be counted” by registering every tree they plant. Participants will be eligible for prizes, while observing the environmental benefits of their tree through interactive maps and charts. For more information, a list of prizes, and to register a tree, visit trees.maryland.gov.