Press Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources 

Annual Contest Taking Submissions until Feb. 1, 2019

2018 winning Arbor Day poster by Overall first-place winner is Annah Landry from Carroll County

Overall first-place winner for 2018 was Annah Landry from Carroll County

TheMaryland Department of Natural ResourcesandForest Conservancy District Boardsinvites all Maryland fifth-graders in private and public schools to participate in the annualArbor Day Poster Contest.

The theme for 2019 is: “Trees Are Terrific…and Forests are Too!”

All entries need to be delivered to a localMaryland Forest Serviceoffice by noon Feb. 1, 2019.

Students are encouraged to share their appreciation for Maryland’s forests and trees through original works of art. Poster sizes must be no smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches and no larger than 22 by 28 inches. They must be drawn inacrylic, crayon, ink, marker, paint pens, regular or colored pencil, tempera paint or watercolor.

Posters will be judged on a county level and then submitted to theMaryland Urban and Community Forest Committeeto compete at the statewide level. A select panel will then choose the top three winning posters that will receive tree plantings at the artists’ schools ? first place will win 15 trees; second place will receive 10; and third place will get five. Teachers will be notified by March 20, 2019, and school plantings will be scheduled in the spring.

Contest comments or questions may be directed toAnne Gilbertat 410-260-8510.