Governor O’Malley Sets New Citizen Tree Planting Goal At 100,000
State Continues to Offer $25 Coupons toward the Purchase of Native Trees
Annapolis, Md. (April 5, 2011) — In recognition of Maryland Arbor Day, Governor Martin O’Malley today set a new goal for the Marylanders Plant Trees program, challenging Maryland citizens to plant and register 50,000 new trees by 2012, for a program total of 100,000.
“With the program’s overwhelming success, I am today issuing a new challenge for citizens — 50,000 new trees by 2012,” said Governor O’Malley. “As Marylanders, we take pride in our State and our natural world. We understand the value of stewardship and the importance of a sustainable future, and committed to working together to create a smarter, greener future.”
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 as of December 2010.
The State is also on track to exceed 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 70 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.