Tree Program Update

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 10:59am

During the summer of 2012, our interns Amanda Tritinger, Cally Deppen and Nicole Conden were able to come up with a strategy to start our own tree program, in order to establish more tree canopy in the watershed.  They reached out to existing tree programs, including Casey Trees, Conservation Montgomery, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to identify what we needed to do to start this effort.  They provided documentation on how important tree canopy is to water quality, to mental health, and property value.  So many good reasons to plant trees.  They were able to work with Good Life Farms, a local CSA, and establish a place to keep a small stash of seedlings or small trees, which would be cared for away from deer with drip irrigation.  This was our basis to start making a difference with tree canopy. 

As a result of this groundwork, Muddy Branch Alliance received 180 trees from the Department of Natural Resources Backyard Buffer program this spring.  We had nearly 20 surviving seedlings set aside as well, which provided a nice basis of 200 trees available to folks in the area to plant in their yards, or neighborhoods.  We also had several people step forward to take leadship on our efforts including Elizabeth Beck here in the Muddy Branch, and Alyce Ortuzar in a neighboring watershed.  Over 100 trees have been distributed since that time.  Trees that are now in the ground and establishing root systems and the start of a tree canopy that will make a difference for years to come.

We do have trees available for those interested.  To participate in our program either by volunteering or getting trees to plant click here.