On Sunday afternoon, October 24, Maryland State Senator Arthur Ellis, 28th legislative district, volunteered to assist Rosa Hance, The Chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, her husband, Ben, Chair of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, her two children and seven other local volunteers’ plant nine maple and oak trees at Bensville Park in Charles County.

During the outing, the environmental power couple celebrated the planting of their 300th  tree that they and volunteers have planted in Southern Maryland since beginning the process four years ago.

Senator Ellis, who had been invited to the planting by the club, is a staunch defender of the environment and advocate for a light rail system from the District of Columbia Metro System to Charles County as a means of reducing highway traffic, and thus carbon emissions.  

Rosa recalled that Senator Ellis had supported local Sierra Club efforts since prior to being elected senator to the 28th District in 2018.  

Ben explained that the club has planted trees locally over the past four years at the Village Green in Indian Head, Gilbert Run Park, Oak Ridge Park and the Bryantown Sports Complex in Charles County, as well as multiple sites in Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties.

Ben said his day job is being an engineer at PAX River and that his wife Rosa has been educated as a Spanish Language teacher.

Rosa explained that the local club purchases the trees at a discount for 30 to 90 dollars each through the Department of Natural Resources Tree-mendous program.

Ben added that over 20 volunteers showed up the previous day for another planting of trees.

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