The trees on your land provide you a myriad of benefits from improving air quality, enhancing wildlife habitat, providing privacy and reducing the time and energy you would exert keeping the land open. Increasing tree coverage on your land only increases these benefits. For the past couple of years the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has teamed up with Maryland Forest Service and the Maryland Forestry Foundation to help landowners implement tree planting projects. With funding secured from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, we have been able to provide turnkey tree planting projects at no cost to the landowner and without a restrictive easement on their land. Maryland Forest Service staff works with participating landowners to develop the plan and oversee the projects that are all planted by experienced natural resources contractors and maintained for two growing seasons.

We are putting together a grant proposal to the Trust Fund for a spring 2018 planting and are soliciting for potential tree planting projects. Ideal projects for this grant are at least 1 acre (or more) and within the Trust Fund’s High or Medium priority areas, which can be viewed at the links below. If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please contact us by mid-March at Map.pdf