Award Programs you, your community, or municipality may be eligible for if you have a successful tree planting and care effort:
Maryland Green Schools Award Program
Administered through MAEOE (Maryland Association of Outdoor and Environmental Education) the Marylandís Green Schools Award Program recognizes Maryland schools that include environmental education in the curricula, model best management practices at the school and address community environmental issues. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 410-260-8716.
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
Tree City USA 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.
National Arbor Day Foundation An awards recognition program honoring the achievements of citizens, communities, the media, and schools whose work in the cause of tree planting, care and conservation have set an example of excellence. Applications are submitted through the MD Department of Natural Resources to the National Arbor Day Foundation. Contact: DNR Forest Service local office or The National Arbor Day Foundation 888-448-7337.