Harford Backyard Buffer Program offers free trees to protect streams and the bay [Letter]

The Aegis


If you own land in Harford County with a stream, creek or wetland, you can receive a free package of seedling trees through a program designed to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

Known as the Backyard Buffer Program, it seeks to get more soil-saving and water-filtering trees, along the Bay and its tributaries on small properties.

For decades, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service has organized tree plantings on large properties along waterways to filter rainwater, prevent erosion, provide fish and wildlife habitat and natural beauty. However, many small properties need trees along their waterways too.

To fill this gap, the Backyard Buffer Program gives free a “Buffer in a Bag” to landowners. This package contains a total of 25 trees, five each of five species of trees: Sycamore, swamp white oak, river birch, hazelnut and redbud.

If you are interested, please contact the Forest Service, preferably by e-mail, at frank.lopez1@maryland.gov or by phone at 410-836-4564.

Thank you very much,

Frank M. Lopez

Harford / Cecil Project Manager

Maryland Forest Service

Bel Air

The author reports that 180 Harford County landowners already have taken advantage of this program, planting some 4,000 trees to protect local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Editor

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