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Natural Resources Celebrates Maryland Arbor Day

Outstanding Tree Farmer and Tree Farm Inspector of the Year Recognized

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is celebrating Maryland Arbor Day today with citations and seedlings.

Maryland Forest Service staff delivered potted Red Bud seedlings to Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp this morning before the Board of Public Works meeting.

The Maryland Tree Farm Committee assisted with Arbor Day activities at the Maryland General Assembly. The 2017 Maryland Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Ron Clapp was honored with an official resolution. Mr. Clapp has actively managed 105 acres of woodlands by following a forest stewardship plan for more than 20 years.The Maryland Tree Farm Inspector of the Year Derek Albers also received recognition. Mr. Albers has worked to promote sustainable forestry, which has included educating tree farmers about forest management methods and options, and working to suppress and prevent wildfires as a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years.

The department will be participating in a number of Arbor Day activities throughout the month of April, including National Arbor Day.