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Plant(it) Green

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.

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.

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.


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