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Governor O'Malley Reminds Marylanders To Plant And Be Counted

Fall is the Best Time to Plant a Tree

Annapolis, Md. (November 9, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today reminds Marylanders that fall is an ideal time to plant a tree. Trees purify air, decrease polluted runoff and increase property values. To add even more value, Marylanders can save $25 on the purchase of a tree and win prizes for registering trees online.

“Planting a tree is a small investment with a huge payoff,” said Governor O’Malley. “By planting a tree, Maryland families can leave a green legacy, creating a smarter, greener future for our children.”

Governor O’Malley launched Marylanders Plant Trees in April 2009 to give Marylanders an accessible opportunity to make an impact in the natural world. In cooperation with participating nurseries, the Marylanders Plant Trees program continues to offer coupons worth $25 off the purchase of a native tree costing $50 or more, redeemable at nearly 70 nurseries across the State.

“Fall is the best time to plant a tree,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Planting as the weather changes gives trees the chance to take root during the winter and prepare for spring when they bud.”

The Marylanders Plant Trees program is again offering prizes for Marylanders who plant and register their trees online. Marylanders Plant Trees will raffle off gift cards toward a Maryland nursery, a locally-grown Christmas tree, or a yacht tour of the Chesapeake Bay. All Maryland participants who register trees planted from May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011 are eligible.

DNR is also continuing the Marylanders Plant Trees school challenge for a second year. Schools will compete by planting trees and registering them on the Marylanders Plant Trees Website. The grand prize for the school that plants and registers the most trees is a program by the Maryland Park Service’s Scales and tales. This year’s challenge will include all trees planted from May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011.

To help schools with the challenge, the Marylanders Plant Trees website contains location specific guidance for selecting, purchasing and planting trees, as well as a tool to calculate the benefit of the trees planted. Eligible trees planted for the challenge can be registered by the students and parents online in the name of their school.

   November 9, 2010

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

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