As Marylanders, we take pride in our State and our natural world. We understand the value of stewardship and the importance of a sustainable future, and are committed to working together to create a smarter, greener State.
Planting trees is one way that everyone can contribute to our shared vision. Trees provide ecological, economic and quality of life benefits – protecting air and water quality, reducing energy costs, increasing property values and beautifying neighborhoods and highways.
We launched Marylanders Plant Trees in 2009 to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees. Our fellow citizens rose to the challenge, exceeding the three-year statewide goal of planting and registering 100,000 trees by 2013. Marking another great milestone, in May 2011 I joined Maryland inmates’ Forest Brigade in planting our one millionth tree on public lands.
I encourage every citizen to take advantage of our coupon program to receive $25 off the purchase of a native tree at 86 participating nurseries across the State. The State cost of $20 per coupon is funded through a settlement from a major power generator for Clean Air Act violations, in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General, and Maryland’s participating tree vendors are generously absorbing the remaining $5.
Thank you for visiting our website and for doing your part to keep Maryland Smart, Green & Growing.