Maryland PLANT Community - Awards Program

Plant Award Winner At an Arbor Day celebration at Riverdale ES, Town of Riverdale Park received a PLANT award from MD DNR forester, Horace Henry, in recognition of the town's reforestation efforts.

People Loving And Nurturing Trees (PLANT) is a statewide award program to recognize communities for their tree planting and tree care efforts. Communities range from schools, homeowner organizations and parks to metropolitan areas, cities and towns.


There are four PLANT award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Green. Successive levels require more formalized tree care activities. Although a community may remain at any level for an unlimited number of years, the goal of the program is to encourage a community to grow through the award levels by strengthening their commitment and care for their urban trees.


Description: Awards are given based on the number of accomplishments completed by the applicant during the award year. A minimum of 4 accomplishments is required to be recognized. Acceptable accomplishments for PLANT awards range from holding a one-time tree event or ceremony (Arbor Day) to having built comprehensive ongoing planting and maintenance programs. PLANT is sponsored by the Maryland DNR Forest Service and the Maryland Community Forestry Council. Applications must be received by the Maryland DNR Forest Service by 11/30.


Communities submit an application in which they describe the events and activities that meet an award criteria. Applications are submitted to the DNR Forest Service by December 15th each year and awards are presented in April, often in conjunction with local Arbor/Earth Day celebrations.


This application can be filled in on your computer. Return the completed, signed form and suggested documentation Lindsay Major at the address listed below.


If you have any questions about the program please contact:

Lindsay Major
MD DNR Forest Service
Tawes State Office Building E-1
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8510
lmajor@dnr.state.md.us

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PLANT Community Award Winners

In 2009, 109 of Marylandís communities demonstrated their commitment to caring for their Urban Forest resources by being PLANT Communities! PLANT stands for People Loving And Nurturing Trees. As you can see from the list of winners, communities from Oakland (Garrett County) to Ocean City (Worcester County) and from Chesapeake City (Cecil County) to LaPlata (Charles County) - all across Maryland - are full of People Loving And Nurturing Trees!

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Bronze Award The BRONZE AWARD is an attractive framed certificate indicating the award level and community name. Communities qualify for the Bronze Award by sponsoring a single activity or "one time event" relating to trees or tree care. Typical activities include a tree planting, or Arbor or Earth Day event.

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The SILVER AWARD includes an etched wooden plaque with silver nameplate and date tag engraved with the year of the award. The plaque is designed to display additional PLANT awards of silver (or higher) in subsequent years to document a community's on-going commitment to their trees. The Silver is intended to encourage activities that lay the groundwork for developing an urban forestry program. Such activities might include data collection for a tree or natural resource inventory or the creation of a Tree Board or Beautification Committee. Silver Award

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Gold Award The GOLD AWARD is an engraved, gold-colored date plate to be mounted on the wooden PLANT plaque. The Gold Award recognizes communities for actively developing urban forestry programs to improve the health of their community's trees. Activities that qualify for this award level may include development of a tree management plan based on a previous inventory or adoption of tree protection regulations.

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The GREEN AWARD is a green-colored date plate for display on the wooden PLANT plaque. Although simple in form, it represents the highest PLANT honor to recognize a community that has developed a well-established urban forestry program. This coveted award is reserved for programs that are funded, fully functional and staffed by qualified professionals (including volunteer assistance). Communities that are recipients of the federally awarded Tree City USA status automatically qualify for PLANT's Green Award.

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To participate in Maryland's PLANT Program, simply fill in the PLANT application print it and mail to the region in which you live. The addresses are shown on the first page of the application. You may submit any time during the year but the yearly deadline is December 15th for awards to be made the following April.

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The History of the PLANT Program Plant Award Winner

The Maryland PLANT Program was established in 1991 as a cooperative effort between the Maryland Community Forest Council (MCFC) and the Maryland Forest Service. The goal of the program was to help local communities step through the process of developing an on-going urban forestry program. By reinforcing small, initial efforts, communities begin to "adopt" their local tree resources and once engaged, become invested in maintaining the health and survival of the tree canopy. As the tasks become more complex, evolving into tree inventories and management plans, MCFC and the Forest Service can provide technical support and volunteer assistance to aid in the development of a formalized urban forestry program.


Before PLANT was established, national programs such as Tree City USA were providing these services for incorporated communities but smaller groups and unincorporated communities were not qualified to participate. PLANT was established to fill this gap and to encourage involvement by communities of all sizes.


During the first few years of the program, the number of participating communities grew to 30 in 1994. After program revisions in 1996, the number of PLANT communities skyrocketed from 67 in 1998 to 161 in year 2000. But the number of participants is only half of the story. Fostering growth through the award levels is a major goal of the PLANT program. Many communities enter at the Bronze Award level and gradually intensify their efforts; others may skip one or more levels to quickly achieve the top Green Award. PLANT encourages communities to intensify their efforts at their own pace. Sustainability is encouraged.

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2012 PLANT Award Winners
People Loving And Nurturing Trees

Plant logo and MUCFC logo

Community

County

Award Level

Central Region

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Harford

Green

Baltimore City Dept Rec & Parks

Baltimore City

Green

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

Baltimore County

Green

Bel Air, Town of

Harford

Green

Boy Scouts Troop 38

Baltimore County

Green

Dundalk Renaissance Corporation

Baltimore County

Silver

Eastern Technical High School

Baltimore County

Silver

Friends of Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway

Howard

Green

Halstead Academy

Baltimore City

Bronze

Harford County Government

Harford

Green

Harford Glen Environmental Education Center

Harford

Gold

Havre de Grace, City of

Harford

Green

Howard County Government

Howard

Green

Jarrettsville Elementary School

Harford

Silver

Joppa View Elementary School

Baltimore County

Green

McElderry Park

Baltimore City

Green

Montgomery Village Foundation

Montgomery

Green

Partnership for a Healthier Carroll Co Inc (Liberty HS)

Carroll

Silver

Pleasant Plains Elementary School

Baltimore County

Silver

Reservoir Hill

Baltimore City

Gold

Ridgeleigh Community Assn

Baltimore County

Silver

Rockville, City of

Montgomery

Green

Somerset, Town of

Montgomery

Green

Sparrows Point High School

Baltimore County

Green

Stoneleigh

Baltimore City

Green

Tivoli Community Association

Montgomery

Silver

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Baltimore County

Green

Woodland Hills HOA

Montgomery

Bronze

Woodside Park Civic Association

Montgomery

Green

Youth's Benefit Elementary School

Harford

Silver

Eastern Region

Ocean City, Town of

Worcester

Green

Queen Anne's County  Rec & Parks

Queen Anne's

Green

Salisbury University Arboretum

Wicomico

Green

Worcester County Rec & Parks Dept

Worcester

Green

Southern Region

Annapolis, City of

Anne Arundel

Green

Bay Ridge Civic Association

Anne Arundel

Green

Bowie, City of

Prince George's

Green

Bradburn Memorial Bible Church

Prince George's

Silver

Calvert Manor Garden Club

Prince George's

Green

Cameron Grove Active Adult Community

Prince George's

Bronze

Charles Carroll Middle School

Prince George's

Bronze

Charles Flowers HS

Prince George's

Bronze

Cheverly, Town of

Prince George's

Green

College Park, City of

Prince George's

Green

Colmar Manor, Town of

Prince George's

Silver

DuVal High School

Prince George's

Bronze

Forest Knolls Neighborhood

Prince George's

Bronze

Forestville High School

Prince George's

Silver

Girl Scouts of the Nation

Prince George's

Bronze

Greenbelt Homes Inc.

Prince George's

Green

High Point High School

Prince George's

Green

Hyattsville, City of

Prince George's

Green

James J. Rowley Training Center

Prince George's

Green

John Hanson Montessori School

Prince George's

Silver

Lake Arbor Civic Association

Prince George's

Bronze

Laurel, City of

Prince George's

Green

Little Friends for Peace

Prince George's

Silver

Manchester Estates Civic Association

Prince George's

Bronze

MD National Capital Park & Planning Commission

Prince George's

Green

Meade Middle School

Anne Arundel

Bronze

New Hope Academy

Prince George's

Silver

Patuxent River Naval Air Station

St. Mary's

Green

Prince George's County

Prince George's

Green

Riverdale Elementary School

Prince George's

Silver

Scotchtown Hills Elementary School

Prince George's

Silver

Severn Manor

Anne Arundel

Bronze

Sherwood Forest

Anne Arundel

Green

Shipley's Choice Elementary School

Anne Arundel

Silver

Springhill Lake ES

Prince George's

Bronze

St Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's

Green

Williamsburg Estates Citizens Association

Prince George's

Bronze

Woods End HOA

Prince George's

Green

Woodview Village

Prince George's

Bronze

Woodyard Estates HOA Inc

Prince George's

Gold

Western Region

Cumberland, City of

Allegany

Green

Fort Detrick

Frederick

Green

Frederick, City of

Frederick

Green

Friendsville, Town of

Garrett

Green

Hagerstown, City of

Washington

Green

Loch Lynn Heights, Town of

Garrett

Green

Northern Garrett HS

Garrett

Silver

Oakland, Town of

Garrett

Green

Parkway Elementary School

Frederick

Silver

Thurmont, Town of

Frederick

Gold

Waterford Park, Friends

Frederick

Gold

Wolfsville Elementary School

Frederick

Green


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