The Plant(it) Green program is run by Howard County’s Department of Recreation and Parks who work with homeowners to plant more trees. Plant(it) Green encompasses the following residential tree planting programs, and is a very popular and successful program.
Thanks to the more than 150 residents who have partnered with the County since 2003, over 6,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in riparian buffers throughout the County. Riparian buffers are protective strips of trees, shrubs, and other vegetation along a stream which: help prevent erosion; provide vegetative cover; and trap nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus — two major pollutants of the Chesapeake Bay.
In order for a property owner to be eligible for this program, they must commit to planting a minimum of a dozen trees or shrubs, and the area to be planted must be within 75 feet of a stream (but not in a utility right-of-way). For more information on the Stream ReLeaf Program, please visit the Stream ReLeaf webpage.
Additional Tree Programs
Students Branching Out is a Howard County program that involves students in tree planting projects. Visit the Students Branching Out webpage to find out more.
In 2010, the County utilized funds from the interest of the fee-in-lieu* program to provide free trees to County residents. These events were called 2010 Trees and 2010 More Trees. Residents chose a native tree, picked it up, and planted it on their property. Over 5,000 trees were planted through two events: one in the spring and one in the fall.
*When developers are not able to perform their forest mitigation requirements through planting they must pay a fee-in-lieu to the County as established in the Forest Conservation Regulations.