Governor Martin O’Malley Reminds Marylanders To Replace Trees Displaced By Recent Storm Activity
State Offers $25 Coupons toward the Purchase of Native Trees
Annapolis, Md. (September 15, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today reminds Marylanders there is help available to replace trees destroyed by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The State offers $25 coupons toward the purchase of a Maryland native tree through the Marylanders Plant Trees program.
“We always encourage Marylanders to plant new trees, but replacing trees lost during storms is very important,” said Governor O’Malley. “Mature trees absorb much more polluted storm water runoff and clean the air more effectively than younger saplings. The sooner we replant those trees we lost, the better it is for our natural world.”
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. Contact 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 Governor O’Malley’s citizen tree planting goal.
Governor O’Malley launched the Marylanders Plant Trees program two years ago with a goal of planting 50,000 new trees by 2010, through his Smart, Green & Growing initiative. Marylanders took action, planting and registering 50,089 new trees by December 2010. Governor O’Malley has challenged Maryland citizens to plant and register 50,000 new trees by 2012, for a program total of 100,000. To date, Marylanders have planted 61,192 total trees through the Marylanders Plant Trees program.
The State also exceeded its goal of planting 1 million trees on public lands by 2011 by the Forest Brigade, which utilizes inmate labor in a partnership among the Department of Public Safety and Correctional services, the State Highway Administration and the Department of Natural Resources.
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.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.