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DNR Announces 2004 Maryland Plant Community Award Recipients
Nearly 200 tree planting and care efforts are recognized across the state
ANNAPOLIS The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service today announced the 195 recipients of the 2004 People Loving And Nurturing Trees (PLANT) Community Awards. PLANT is a statewide award program to officially recognize communities for their tree planting and tree care efforts. Communities range from schools, homeowner associations and parks to metropolitan areas, cities and towns.
Established in 1991, the Maryland PLANT Award Program is a cooperative effort between the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee of the Forest Conservancy District Boards and the Maryland Forest Service. The goal of the program is to guide local communities through the process of developing an ongoing urban forestry program. By reinforcing small, initial efforts, communities begin to "adopt" their local tree resources and once engaged, become invested in maintaining the health and survival of the tree canopy.
From my perspective as the State Forester, there is nothing that embodies the spirit of the Forest Service more than seeing communities come together to plant trees, said Steven W. Koehn, Director of the Maryland DNR Forest Service. I would personally like to congratulate all of the 2004 Maryland PLANT Community Award winners.
There are four PLANT award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Green. Successive levels require more formalized tree care activities. Although a community may remain at any level for an unlimited number of years, the goal of the program is to encourage a community to grow through the award levels by strengthening their commitment and care for their urban trees. For more information about the specific award levels and to see a photo of each award, visit DNR Online at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/programs/plantinfo.html.
The number of PLANT Awards by county is broken out below. A complete list can be found at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/programs/plantinfo.html at the bottom of the page.
Allegany 1 award
Anne Arundel 7 awards
Baltimore 12 awards
Carroll 2 awards
Caroline 2 awards
Cecil 20 awards
Charles 2 awards
Dorchester 1 award
Frederick 3 awards
Garrett 6 awards
Harford 8 awards
Howard 3 awards
Kent 5 awards
Montgomery 12 awards
Prince Georges County 85 awards
Queen Annes County 3 awards
Somerset County 1 award
St. Marys County 11 awards
Talbot County 1 award
Washington County 2 awards
Wicomico 1 award
Worcester 9 awards
Communities submit an application in which they describe the events and activities that meet the award criteria. Applications are submitted to the Maryland DNR Forest Service by January 31 each year and awards are presented in April, often in conjunction with local Arbor Day and Earth Day celebrations.
For more information about the PLANT program and awards, contact Terry Galloway with the Maryland DNR Forest Service at 410-260-8510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 28, 2005
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