We are very excited to let you know that due to the overwhelming response from the first run of the program, 2010 Trees in 2010 is back. Next Monday, September 13th, at 9 a.m. will be the beginning of registration. (Sign-up will be on the 2010 MORE TREES IN 2010 website.)
In case you missed it (which based on the response seems unlikely) we are using the interest on a fund developers are required to pay into to give away native species trees to residents in Howard County. Trees which clean the air, the water, shade your home in the summer and improve your all around quality of life.
One main change has been made to the program since the spring: each new participant will be eligible to receive one free tree, instead of two. Last time, all 2,010 trees were spoken for 36 hours into the program and we had over 1,500 people on a waiting list. So we made this change in an effort to make the program more equitable and available to more citizens. Also along these lines, residents who registered this past spring will not be eligible for the program.
Adjustments have been made to the selection of trees to reflect feedback from residents. This fall, residents will choose from: Red Maple, Eastern Redbud, Serviceberry, and Flowering Dogwood.
For 2010 MORE Trees in 2010, there will be two pick-up locations to simplify logistics and reduce costs. Residents will be able to choose to pick up their tree from the West Friendship Park, 12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship or the Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia. The County is reserving the option to redirect residents to a new pickup site should traffic flow concerns arise.
With such positive responses received this past spring, the County anticipates many more trees planted to both beautify and protect our corner of the world. This is an exciting program, so take advantage of this great opportunity! You can receive updates on this and our other programs by signing up for our email list (we promise very few emails and we share the list with NO ONE). Sign up for our email list by typing and sending your email in the box on the bottom right side of this page.
Funds for this tree-planting program were obtained through the interest received annually from the Forest Conservation Fund; whether similar programs will be continued in the future is as yet unknown.