The State of Maryland recently pledged to plant trees on 600 miles of streams in Maryland by the year 2010. What is that all about?
Scientists have known for years that trees play a vital role in our natural systems. Recent evidence indicates that trees are extremely important in maintaining healthy streams and a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Trees planted on streambanks, so called forest buffers, perform many functions. Forest buffers capture rainfall and regulate streamflow, even out temperature changes in the water and the air, stabilize streambanks, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife -- all of which are beneficial to Maryland's streams, creeks and rivers. They also improve water quality downstream in the Bay by filtering nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus and by removing sediments. So, the more trees we plant along the banks of our streams and rivers, the cleaner and healthier our environment and the Bay will be.
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