County or Municipal Governments that would like to get involved in tree planting and care or shoreline and streambank preservation can avail themselves of these programs:
American Forests/Global ReLeaf for the Chesapeake Bay
An education and action program of American Forests, this program is always looking for quality tree-planting projects to fund that support ecosystem restoration. The Program helps individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations improve the local and global environment by planting and caring for trees. Contact 202-737-1944 or visit the website at http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/global-releaf-projects/
Anne Arundel County Critical Area Reforestation Program
This is a reforestation program aimed at meeting the requirements of the county Critical Area program. Landowners can take advantage of this program by dedicating a piece of idle open land or marginal cropland to the establishment of forest. The county will bear all cost of tree stock and installation by contractors. The owner of the property must agree to maintain the area in trees. Contact: Anne Arundel County, Environmental Planning Division, 410-222-7441. http://www.aacounty.org/PlanZone/Development/CriticalAreas.cfm
Baltimore County - Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM)
DEPRM is once again pleased to partner with the Maryland Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) in the state's Tree-Mendous Maryland Program, by coordinating the free delivery of trees to citizens and community groups in Baltimore County. This state program was designed to provide citizen groups with an inexpensive way to obtain trees and shrubs for planting on public lands and within community open spaces only. Examples are parks, school grounds, municipal streets, government facilities, and homeowners associations open spaces. http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/environment/forestsandtrees/index.html
Gift of Trees Program
This innovative program allows you to have trees planted in honor or memory of family and friends or for a special occasion. Trees will be planted in designated groves in the county in which the recipient of the certificate lives. A beautiful Certificate is sent to announce the gift. Special groves of ten or more trees can be arranged. Contact: TREE MENDOUS MARYLAND 410-260-8531. Or visit the website at www.dnr.state.md.us/Forests/Treemendous.
International Society of Arboriculture: Mid Atlantic Chapter
The ISA is the largest and most widely recognized research and educational organization representing the arboriculture profession within the Mid Atlantic region. Discuss issues and problems with arborists from the Mid Atlantic Chapter and beyond. Also, delve into an array of information on trees and their care. Contact the MAC ISA Office Administrator at (703)753-0499 or visit the website at
John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery Seedling Program
Homeowners and landowners owning at least one quarter acre can purchase tree seedlings from the State Nursery for conservation purposes including general reforestation, wildlife habitat enhancement, erosion control, windbreaks and wood production and Christmas Tree production. The minimum order is 250 pine or 100 hardwood seedlings. Prices vary by species. Orders are generally taken in the fall and winter and delivered in early spring. United Parcel Service shipment provides the door to door delivery of the seedlings during March and April or you may pick up your order at the nursery in Preston. http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/forests/nursery/
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
This state agency provides many partnership opportunities through financial grants, loan, cost share and incentive programs to local governments and landowners. This page will point you in the right direction to find out more about the financial opportunities. Call 410-260-8430 or visit the website at www.dnr.md.gov/grantsandloans/
Maryland Forestry Board Foundation
The MD Forestry Board Foundation is a non profit organization that funds action oriented, educational activities which promote wise stewardship of our natural resources, in particular, those that involve teaching individuals about forests and the renewable resources they provide. For information about funding and educational opportunities visit
http://www.marylandforestryboards.org/ or call 410-260-8531
Maryland PLANT (People Loving And Nurturing Trees) Community Program
Is your community actively involved in a program of tree planting and care? The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee officially recognize communities that have committed themselves to improving the quality of life and environment. Any community, large or small, may apply for certification as a Maryland PLANT Community after meeting basic standards of organization, planning, planting, care and citizen action. Technical assistance is available to help meet the standards. Award winners receive a plaque which can be updated annually. Contact: Maryland Community Forest Council, 410-260-8531 or your DNR-Forest Service office. Visit the website at
The law requires that each person doing any type of digging call Miss Utility so the utility companies have the opportunity to locate their underground lines. Call at least 48 hours in advance on all planned work, excluding weekends and holidays. This service functions in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Virginia from the Rappahannock River north. There may be a minimal fee for this service in your area. Call 1-800-257-7777.
Partnership Planting Program – MD State Highway Administration
This public/private partnership is aimed at beautification and reforestation of Maryland's highway rights of way by planting trees, shrubs, and flowers. The Maryland State Highway Administration provides plants, mulch, fertilizer, water, and tools. Volunteers provide the labor to install the plants. Some volunteer groups "adopt" an area, returning to complete large projects over time. Email email@example.com or call 410-545-8589.
"Right Tree - Right Place"
This Program, developed by Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, (BGE) helps improve the aesthetics and health of roadside trees that grow under or near their high voltage power lines. If a proposed project is approved by BGE, and the municipality or community participates in the project, BGE will partner with them to remove the tall-growing trees and re-plant with trees compatible with the overhead lines. Trees must be on public lands or right-of-way to qualify. Contact: BGE Forestry Unit at 410-291-3673 or visit the website at
Shore Erosion Control Since 1968, Shore Erosion Control, a program of the Department of Natural Resources, has assisted property owners in resolving erosion problems along tidal shorelines and fresh water streams. Stabilizing eroding shorelines and streambanks reduces the loss of land, riparian buffer areas and wildlife habitat and improves water quality by decreasing sedimentation, turbidity and nutrient loading of the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Maryland property owners can request assistance from Shore Erosion Control. Technical assistance is provided through site evaluations, problem assessments and recommended solutions. Financial assistance for vegetative tidal shoreline and streambank stabilization projects in areas where tree buffer establishment is contemplated or where trees are being lost may be provided in the form of matching grants. 410-260-8890 for information or website
Tree City USA - National Arbor Day Foundation The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) recognizes towns and cities across America that meet four standards for a community forestry program. Those standards are creation of a tree board, commission or department administering the program, a tree ordinance that guides the planting, protection and care of trees, an annual commitment to trees of $2.00 per capita and an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation. Those municipalities which are awarded Tree City U.S.A. status receive a plaque, flag and signs. Applications deadline is December 31. Contact: the Forester for your county.
TREE MENDOUS Maryland A national award winning action program that provides opportunities for citizens, schools, community associations, corporations and businesses to work together to "re green" the state. During the past eighteen years over a million Marylanders have participated in TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND projects and have planted over eight million native trees, seedlings, and shrubs. Volunteer and community groups have purchased over 250,000 large trees through a tree sales program. Companies like Winchester Homes, Northrup Grumond, Whole Foods, Baltimore City Rotary Club, Seventh Generation, and McCormick have donated services and funds, and their volunteers have planted parkland, streamside buffers, and highway rights-of-ways throughout the State. TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND can help you find the right program to meet your individual needs or can customize a program for your community, school or business.
UMD - Extension Service - Home and Garden Ellicott City, MD. Three regional specialists on staff are responsible for writing fact sheets and teaching manuals, web site development, teaching, applied research projects and media outreach. The Maryland Master Gardener Program is administered through the center. The specialists also train and support a cadre of horticulture consultants who speak to clients on the telephone Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.