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Homeowners or Landowners who would like to plant trees on their property, manage their forest, protect eroding shorelines and stream banks, or just learn more about trees and wildlife should consider the following programs:
  • Baltimore County's Growing Home Campaign
    Information on Baltimore County's Growing Home Campaign, a program to encourage homeowners to plant trees on private residential property, is available online at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/trees or by calling Diana Cohen at 410-887-4488, Ext. 287.

  • American Forests/Global ReLeaf for the Chesapeake Bay
    An education and action program of American Forests, this program is always looking for quality tree-planting projects to fund that support ecosystem restoration. The Program helps individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations improve the local and global environment by planting and caring for trees. Contact 202-737-1944 or
    visit the website at http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/global-releaf-projects/ 

  • Anne Arundel County Critical Area Reforestation Program
    This is a reforestation program aimed at meeting the requirements of the county Critical Area program. Landowners can take advantage of this program by dedicating a piece of idle open land or marginal cropland to the establishment of forest. The county will bear all cost of tree stock and installation by contractors. The owner of the property must agree to maintain the area in trees. Contact: Anne Arundel County, Environmental Planning Division, 410-222-7441.
  • Baltimore County Watershed Restoration Grants
    Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM) accepts grant proposals from locally based non-profit watershed associations to increase citizen participation in the county's Stream Watch program and other citizen-based environmental restoration activities that contribute to the overall health of our local watersheds.

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Habitat Reforestation Program
    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is a non-profit, member based environmental organization that offers opportunities for landowners, groups, and individuals to get involved in preserving and restoring the watershed habitat of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. A large part of their efforts is channeled into resource protection, advocacy, and education to Save the Bay. Leadership training, riparian buffer and wildlife habitat plantings, and stream restoration events offer volunteers the opportunity to get involved. Contact CBF at 410-268-8816. Visit the website at

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
    This state agency provides many partnership opportunities through financial grants, loan, cost share and incentive programs to local governments and landowners. This page will point you in the right direction to find out more about the financial opportunities. Call 410-260-8430 or visit the website www.dnr.md.gov/grantsandloans/

  • Forest Stewardship Programs
    Forest Stewardship is the application of economic and ecological principles to manage forest land. The purpose is to help non-industrial forest landowners achieve their land management objectives and leave the land and its resources in better condition for future generations. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/programapps/stewcon.asp

  • International Society of Arboriculture: Mid Atlantic Chapter
    The ISA is the largest and most widely recognized research and educational organization representing the arboriculture profession within the Mid Atlantic region. Discuss issues and problems with arborists from the Mid Atlantic Chapter and beyond. Also, delve into an array of information on trees and their care. Contact the MAC ISA Office Administrator at (703)753 0499 or
    visit the website at http://www.mac-isa.org/  .

  • John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery Seedling Program
    Homeowners and landowners owning at least one quarter acre can purchase tree seedlings from the State Nursery for conservation purposes including general reforestation, wildlife habitat enhancement, erosion control, windbreaks and wood production and Christmas Tree production. The minimum order is 250 pine or 100 hardwood seedlings. Prices vary by species. Orders are generally taken in the fall and winter and delivered in early spring. United Parcel Service shipment provides the door to door delivery of the seedlings during March and April or you may pick up your order at the nursery in Preston. http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/forests/nursery/

  • Maryland Forestry Board Foundation
    The MD Forestry Board Foundation is a non profit organization that funds action oriented, educational activities which promote wise stewardship of our natural resources, in particular, those that involve teaching individuals about forests and the renewable resources they provide. For information about funding and educational opportunities visit http://www.marylandforestryboards.org/  or call 410-260-8531

  • Miss Utility
    The law requires that each person doing any type of digging call Miss Utility so the utility companies have the opportunity to locate their underground lines. Call at least 48 hours in advance on all planned work, excluding weekends and holidays. This service functions in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Virginia from the Rappahannock River north. There may be a minimal fee for this service in your area. Call 1 800 257 7777.

  • National Arbor Day Foundation
    An awards recognition program honoring the achievements of citizens, communities, the media, and schools whose work in the cause of tree planting, care and conservation have set an example of excellence. Applications are submitted through the MD Department of Natural Resources to the National Arbor Day Foundation. Contact: DNR Forest Service local office or The National Arbor Day Foundation 888-448-7337. Visit the website at www.Arborday.org

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    This United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, improve, and sustain their natural resources and environment. Program includes wildlife habitat incentives, wetland conservation, flood prevention and erosion control, agriculture support, and other assistance. Contact: the USDA at 1 202 720 2791. Visit the website at http://www.md.nrcs.usda.gov/ .

  • Shore Erosion Control
    Since 1968, Shore Erosion Control, a program of the Department of Natural Resources, has assisted property owners in resolving erosion problems along tidal shorelines and fresh water streams. Stabilizing eroding shorelines and streambanks reduces the loss of land, riparian buffer areas and wildlife habitat and improves water quality by decreasing sedimentation, turbidity and nutrient loading of the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Maryland property owners can request assistance from Shore Erosion Control. Technical assistance is provided through site evaluations, problem assessments and recommended solutions. Financial assistance for vegetative tidal shoreline and streambank stabilization projects in areas where tree buffer establishment is contemplated or where trees are being lost may be provided in the form of matching grants. 410 260 8890 for information or website http://www.dnr.state.md.us/grantsandloans/shoreerosioncontrol.asp

  • UMD Extension Service - Home and Garden
    Ellicott City, MD. Three regional specialists on staff are responsible for writing fact sheets and teaching manuals, web site development, teaching, applied research projects and media outreach. The Maryland Master Gardener Program is administered through the center. The specialists also train and support a cadre of horticulture consultants who speak to clients on the telephone Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Wild Acres Program
    Trees and shrubs offer shelter as well as food for birds, squirrels, and other types of wildlife. Discover owls and bats, and get tips for wildlife in your backyards. Whether you have a small yard or acres of property, you can learn how to landscape to help support Maryland's wildlife. Click on "Habichat" to learn the latest backyard sanctuary ideas. http://dnr.md.gov/wildlife/Habitat/WildAcres/index.asp

    Contact your local MD DNR Forestry Office

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