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Stevensville Man Wins First Marylanders Plant Trees Drawing

Governor O’Malley Reminds Marylanders to Plant, Be Counted and Win!

Annapolis, Maryland (November 13, 2009) - Brady Sweitzer of Stevensville, Md. has won a 2009-2010 Maryland State Park Passport in the first Marylanders Plant Trees drawing. Part of a new incentive program to encourage participation in the State’s citizen tree-planting effort, the November 1 drawing was the first in a series of monthly, random drawings that will award prizes to citizens who have planted trees and registered them on the program’s Web site.

“I want to congratulate Brady as the first winner, and thank him for inspiring our fellow citizens to join this planting effort,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Marylanders who buy, plant and register their trees are not only adding beauty to their property, but contributing to the overall health of the Bay, its tributaries and our natural resources.“

Governor O’Malley introduced the Marylanders Plant Trees program, part of his Smart, Green & Growing initiative, last fall with a goal of planting 50,000 new trees by 2010. Marylanders have heeded the challenge: more than 22,000 new trees have been planted and registered so far this year.

“This is a great program. Everyone should be encouraged to plant trees especially along the Chesapeake Bay,” said Sweitzer. “We are only here for a short time, so we need to make a positive impact while we are here that outlasts us.”

To add incentive to the program, DNR is now giving away prizes the first Monday of each month through May 2010, by a random drawing among those who register their trees. The prizes include overnight stays at the Rocky Gap Resort, yacht tours, Christmas trees and State Park passes.

In cooperation with participating nurseries, the program also continues to offer $25 coupons toward the purchase of native trees costing $50 or more, and redeemable at nearly 70 nurseries across the State.

“There is still plenty of time to plant before the ground freezes,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “It’s a small time and money investment that has a huge ecological return.”

DNR is encouraging Marylanders to register every tree they plant. Not only will they be eligible for prizes, but they will be able to see the environmental benefits of their tree through interactive maps and charts.

For more information, a list of prizes, and to register a tree, go to

   November 13, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office 410-507-7526 cell

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