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November 19, 2012

State almost to 2013 Marylanders Plant Trees Goal

by Martha

Citizens reminded to register their trees

The New Year is almost here and the State is close to reaching its goal of planting and registering 100,000 trees by 2013 through the Marylanders Plant Trees program. Governor Martin O’Malley reminds citizens that there is still time to plant and be counted.

“Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple,” said Governor O’Malley. “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us plant more than 91,000 trees across our State, and encourage all Marylanders to plant a tree and help us meet our goal to build a more sustainable future for generations to come.”

Now is the time to plant any last minute trees before winter sets in. Those who have planted trees and have not yet registered are encouraged to take a moment and record them.

Trees protect water and air quality and provide important wildlife habitat. One large tree can eliminate 5,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year, and well placed trees can help reduce energy costs by 15 to 35 percent. Trees also help beautify communities and parks, provide sound barriers and shade, and help increase property values.

Governor O’Malley launched the Marylanders Plant Trees program in 2008 and has established the goal of planting and registering 100,000 new trees under the program by 2013. The Marylanders Plant Trees program offers $25 coupons toward the purchase of native trees. Those who plant and register can observe the environmental benefits of their tree through interactive maps and charts and will be eligible for prizes.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources also reminds citizens that the holidays are a great time to give the Gift of Trees. The Gift of Trees plants native trees in honor or memory of family and friends, to celebrate holidays or birthdays, or observe other special occasions.

More information is available at trees.maryland.gov.

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