News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources aims to expand tree cover on public lands across the state, offering affordable and attractive trees for planting on community lands and open space through its Tree-Mendous Maryland program. New this year, the department is offering high quality, native shrubs, and trees, which are grown and provided by American Native Plants in Baltimore County.

“Autumn is a great time to plant native species because shrubbery and trees can survive and thrive over the winter months,”Maryland Forest ServiceDirector Don VanHassent said. “There is certainly affordable, attractive, and beneficial greenery for every public property and space among our diverse and robust offerings.”

Church, civic, community, and school groups; homeowners associations; local governments; nonprofits; and others are eligible to purchase plantings from the Tree-Mendous program, as long as the shrubs and trees are planted on community and public land with prior approval from the landowner.Order today!

To save on delivery fees, communities and nonprofits that order now can also pick their trees up at several sites in October:Greenbrier State ParkOct. 17;Cedarville State ForestOct.22orTuckahoe State ParkOct.24. Recipients can also pick their orders up at American Native Plants in BaltimoreCounty, which grows and provides the trees, throughout the season.

Since starting Tree-Mendous Maryland in 1989, the Maryland Forest Service has assisted more than 3,000 groups and organizations with plantings. Tens of thousands of shrubs and trees have been planted in communities, parks, schools, squares, and towns across the state. Trees beautify the landscape, clean and filter air and water, and provide essential habitat for wildlife.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...