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Tree Programs

Stream ReLeaf

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.

Turf to Trees

The Turf to Trees pro­gram was cre­ated to help alle­vi­ate the dam­ag­ing effects of stormwa­ter runoff by increas­ing tree cov­er­age through­out the County. The pro­gram pro­vides trees and plant­ing ser­vices to Howard County prop­erty own­ers with lots of 1.5 to 10 acres in size, free of cost.

To qual­ify for the pro­gram, prop­erty own­ers must com­mit to receiv­ing and main­tain­ing a min­i­mum of 50 trees. The prop­erty owner must care for the trees pro­vided by the County. To learn more, visit the Turf to Trees webpage.

Vol­un­teers Plant­ing Trees

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.

Each spring, at Earth Day with Recre­ation and Parks, vol­un­teers plant trees in local parks or open space.  More trees are planted each fall at Fam­ily Vol­un­teer Day.

In spring 2017, 250 native trees were given out to Howard County res­i­dents through a part­ner­ship with the Arbor Day Foun­da­tion and BGE.

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.

*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.



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