News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Day to Highlight Trees and Those Who Help Them Grow

Photo of Maryland Forest Service staff delivering seedlings to the State House for Arbor Day 2019

Following an annual tradition, theMaryland Department of Natural Resourceshonored Maryland Arbor Day by delivering tree seedlings to state leadership.

The department celebrates the first Wednesday of April every year by giving away trees for planting and honoring the achievements of individuals who have contributed to the state’s tree farming industry.

Photo of state Treasurer Nancy Copp, Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot receiving note cards for Maryland Arbor Day

Wednesday morning, Maryland Forest Service staff delivered potted red bud seedlings to Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp before their Board of Public Works meeting.

“Arbor Day celebrates the many benefits of trees — beauty, clean air, clean water, raw material for wood products, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities, just to mention a few,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio told board members. “This day is also meant to encourage everyone to plant a tree. The Department of Natural Resources has provided each member of this board with a native red bud seedling, grown in theJohn S. Ayton State Tree Nurseryin Preston.”

Photo of note cards featuring 2019 Arbor Day contest art, as presented to state leadership

Additionally, board members received note cards featuring artwork from the2019 Arbor Day poster contest, an annual event held earlier in the year for fifth graders throughout the state. Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan once again served as a guest in selecting the winners this year; a red bud seedling was also sent to her office in appreciation.

Staff also delivered seedlings and note cards to the Maryland General Assembly, where the department and the Maryland Tree Farm Committee presented honors for tree farmers and inspectors.

Photo of 2019 Maryland Tree Farm of the Year recipients

Tina and William Buckel from Garrett County were named Maryland Tree Farmers of The Year 2019 and were recognized on the Senate floor by Senator George Edwards.

Photo of Tree Inspector of the Year presentation, Arbor Day 2019

Dan Lewis of the Maryland Forest Service in Howard and Montgomery counties was named Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. He was recognized on the House floor by Delegate Trent Kittleman and Delegate Warren Miller.

As Arbor Day celebrations continue throughout April, department staff and community partners will participate in tree plantings and distribute free tree seedlings to landowners through the state’sBackyard Buffersprogram.

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